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The Shanghai Gesture [1941 film] (1941)

by Josef von Sternberg

Other authors: John Colton (Original play), Gene Tierney (Cast), Walter Huston, Gene Tierney, Victor Mature (Cast)

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(The Shanghai Gesture, Usa 1941, b/n, 106') Josef von Sternberg. Con Gene Tierney, Victor Mature, Ona Munson, Walter Huston, Eric Blore, Phyllis Brooks, Albert Basserman, Marcel Dalio.
Gin Sling (Munson), per vendicarsi di sir Charteris (Huston) che l'aveva sedotta e abbandonata, e ora minaccia di farle chiudere la sua casa da gioco, ne irretisce la figlia Poppy (Tierney). Quest'ultima diventerà schiava del gioco, della droga e di un avventuriero (Mature): ma Gin Sling non ha previsto tutto. Ambientato quasi sempre in una bisca che sembra un girone infernale, dei melodrammi esotici del regista è uno di quelli più vicini al gusto moderno: visionario, estenuato, senza nessuna redenzione, ma non privo di ironia. La perversione dei personaggi e il clima di corruzione (notevoli le prostitute chiuse nelle gabbie, che sembrano uscire da qualche film di Fellini) all'epoca fecero scalpore, tanto che von Sternberg non girò più per una decina d'anni. La Tierney splende di luce propria; le acconciature della sfortunata Munson avrebbero meritato l'Oscar. Tratto da una pièce di John Colton è sceneggiato dal regista con Gen Herczeg, Karl Vollmoeller e Jules Furthman. ( )
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Colton, JohnOriginal playsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gene TierneyCastsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Huston, Waltersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Tierney, Genesecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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"In Shanghai's slimy underworld, English financier Sir Guy Charteris tries to close a gambling den, owned by the devious Mother Gin Sling. However, Gin Sling learns that Charteris's daughter Poppy is a regular at her establishment and with the help of the coldly seductive Dr. Omar, she lures Poppy into gambling and drug addictions. Gin Sling blackmails Charteris and reveals a shocking secret, plunging them to another level of hell."--Container.… (more)

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