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Trailers from Hell: Joe Dante on Orson Welles' Noir 'Lady from Shanghai' -- "the weirdest great film ever made"

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood January 16, 2013 at 10:53AM

Orson Welles Week! continues at Trailers from Hell with director and TFH creator Joe Dante introducing Welles' "The Lady from Shanghai," drastically recut prior to its 1947 release by Columbia president Harry Cohn. As Dante calls it, "a shell of what might have been a classic."
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"The Lady from Shanghai"
"The Lady from Shanghai"

Orson Welles Week! continues at Trailers from Hell with director and TFH creator Joe Dante introducing Welles' "The Lady from Shanghai," drastically recut prior to its 1947 release by Columbia president Harry Cohn. Dante calls the film "a shell of what might have been a classic."

What remains of Orson Welles' fourth Hollywood effort is dazzlingly inventive and narratively jumbled, due to Columbia prexy Harry Cohn cutting Welles' version by nearly an hour. Still considered a key film noir, Dave Kehr once called it "the weirdest great film ever made". The last few cards of most surviving versions of this trailer are replaced with a Columbia logo.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.