Film Series : Recently Restored 2016

Shanghai Express

1932, Josef von Sternberg, USA, 80 min. With Marlene Dietrich, Anna May Wong.

Show Times

  • Sat, Sep 10th 3:00pm
  • Wed, Sep 14th 6:00pm

"One of the most stylish movies of the early 1930s from one of the most glamorous and daring studios starring one of the most beautiful actresses at the height of her charm and corralled by one of the most innovative directors at the time. It’s no wonder it was a success — it’s a challenging but exciting film, one that both pushes and teases its audience while heaping upon them visual extravagance." — Danny Reid, Pre-Code.Com

As in his preceding DISHONORED (1931) and subsequent THE SCARLET EMPRESS (1934), Sternberg subordinates history to sexuality in this suspenseful tale of a Peking-to-Shanghai train that is hijacked in the midst of a Chinese civil war. Among the passengers are the notorious “China coaster” Shanghai Lily (Dietrich) and the stiff-lipped British officer (Clive Brook) who was once engaged to marry her. Sternberg’s fabled sense of visual atmosphere was never more impressive, fashioning a dream “China” out of shadow, gauze, and back lot bric-a-brac. Lee Garmes’s cinematography won an Academy Award. This new 2K DP digital restoration, from NBC Universal Distribution, wowed cinephiles at the 2016 TCM Film Festival. (MR)

Buy a ticket at our regular prices for the first Recently Restored film on any Saturday or relevant Sunday in September or October, and get a ticket for the second Recently Restored film that day at the discounted rate with proof of your original purchase: General Admission $7; Students $5; Members $4. (This discount rate applies to the second feature only. Discount available in person at the box office only.)

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