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  1. Daniel S.'s rating of the film Shanghai Express

    A variation on Maupassant’s ´Boule de Suif’. It’s all about Marlene and only Marlene. The magnificent Whore.

  2. Jason's rating of the film Shanghai Express

    The combination of two actresses of blazing potency, bits of smart (and smarting) dialogue from Furthman's script, the photography (which we must attribute to both Lee Garmes and von Sternberg), radical cutting, and of course the busy mise-en-scène, mean that SHANGHAI EXPRESS found me w/ my jaw regularly gaping. You wouldn't think it possible, but von Sternberg takes his peerless work w/ light to a whole new level.

  3. Marina C.'s rating of the film Shanghai Express

    Sternbeck masterful use of light and shadow, Dietrich and Brook's characters constant bickering and loving glances plus the entire atmosphere make this film extraordinary. The detail of the watch is lovely, she is such a playful witty thing

  4. Cinema Omnivore's rating of the film Shanghai Express

    6.9/10, my review: https://wp.me/p1eXom-3wM “Dietrich’s classic glamor and von Sternberg’s expressionistic idiom still demand our colletive gaze today."

  5. jerusalemcrickets's rating of the film Shanghai Express

  6. O...'s rating of the film Shanghai Express

    Ridícula a ratos. Ciertamente aburre el discurso de la mujer (enamorada) salvando al hombre del abismo. Por lo demás, toda la narración en torno a la "guerra" en China resulta boba, inverosímil; solo sirve como pretexto.

  7. pluviosity's rating of the film Shanghai Express

    Marlene Dietrich's charm practically engraved in every part of this movie.

  8. Aardsy's rating of the film Shanghai Express

    Respectable people are terribly dull.

  9. Mr. Gumby's rating of the film Shanghai Express

    Dietrich, and other unforgetable characters, are travelling in a train with uncertain fate. And Sternberg, once again, makes it all with fabulous style. 79 minutes of pure elegance.

  10. Terry_Moby's rating of the film Shanghai Express

    Wonderful. Rich and complex images abound, a great cast and an enigmatic star at the centre of it all. In the last 10 minutes (when the train has reached Shanghai) von Sternberg´s magic touch is coming loose.

  11. eugenie de sade's rating of the film Shanghai Express

    i think this looks better without comparison to the other dietrich/von sternberg collaborations, but in the context of the others (which is how i saw it) it felt mostly unmemorable besides a few classic marlene moments and a generous handful of beautiful shots

  12. Howard Fritzson's rating of the film Shanghai Express

    Dietrich was more herself in Wilder's "A Foreign Affair," and she gave a more captivating performance in the Borzage/Lubitsch "Desire," but in "Shanghai Express" she was at her most ironic. There has never been and there will never be anyone like her. This film was very influential and you can still see why.

  13. Severus Snape's rating of the film Shanghai Express

  14. FISCHER's rating of the film Shanghai Express

    Un classique inoubliable ! www.cinefiches.com

  15. CarlosEsquives's rating of the film Shanghai Express

    Ese tema de la mujer inmolándose por el honor de su amado es común en el melodrama de los 30. De pronto es repetitivo salvo por la ambientación. Lo mejor de "El expreso de Shanghai" está para cuando la tormenta política pasó e inicia el tormento melodramático; el personaje de Dietrich encerrándose entre la penumbra y sufriendo en silencio. Gran escena. Es lo mejor de toda la película.

  16. le Gars's rating of the film Shanghai Express

  17. Duncan Gray's rating of the film Shanghai Express

    After an underwhelming run of catching up on this year's Oscar contenders, it was refreshing to revisit a classic of pre-Code Hollywood weirdness. Don't go into a Sternberg movie expecting an airtight tale of intrigue. His method is more to drop a woman like Marlene Dietrich—not to mention Anna May Wong—into the middle of a flimsy plot whose action is ostensibly driven by (much less interesting) men. A wet nightmare.

  18. L'immoralistee's rating of the film Shanghai Express

  19. Marcelo Fornari's rating of the film Shanghai Express

    Beautiful and surprisingly progressive for its time.

  20. henr.que's rating of the film Shanghai Express

    When I needed your faith, you withheld it; and now, when I don't need it, and don't deserve it, you give it to me.

  21. nessmj's rating of the film Shanghai Express

    Von Sternberg and Dietrich's collaborations have been such a great revelation for me. Working through them chronologically we see the evolution of style for both. Von Sternberg placing many of the world's major players in a microcosm where doors are constantly being opened and closed and communication between people is often confused. Playing on the time's strict moral codes using faith and trust as its vessels.

  22. francisca bacon's rating of the film Shanghai Express

    Surely iconic, Shanghai Express is to be watched in a psychotropic mood of fascination or terminal, bridge-burning melancholy. Formal, uncommitted, an-intense, non-seducing, transported beyond critical negativity (its human interactions are either arthritic like society games of manners or wearing their hearts on starched sleeves) & positive feedback, it is a piece of film DNA & early example of hyperrealism that may

  23. Maudealan's rating of the film Shanghai Express

    There are few Sternbergs that can get fives because of all the yellowface or other colonial racism but all of the like visual spectacle and gorgeousness makes it worth watching even if there are parts that will make you cringe

  24. miles's rating of the film Shanghai Express

    some nice shots in this one.

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