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  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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.

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

  5. FISCHER's rating of the film Shanghai Express

    Un classique inoubliable ! www.cinefiches.com

  6. 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.

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

  8. 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.

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

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

    Beautiful and surprisingly progressive for its time.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. εξώτερο Διάστημα'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

  14. 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

  15. miles's rating of the film Shanghai Express

    some nice shots in this one.

  16. LauraPalmer's rating of the film Shanghai Express

    M A R L E N E D I E T R I C H made me rewacth it.

  17. JoaoM's rating of the film Shanghai Express

    "It took more than one man to change my name to Shanghai Lily."

  18. Hugo Poderoso's rating of the film Shanghai Express

    Behind the silk curtains is the land of nostalgia. The way that goes through the smoke leads to the territory of lights and shadows, such a fragile place that even the gaze seems to break it. It's not the real China; it's a far more distant world.

  19. RoRoRoro's rating of the film Shanghai Express

  20. poordogsbody's rating of the film Shanghai Express

    deitrich's cigarette steals the show.

  21. bartkl's rating of the film Shanghai Express

    A cryptic love story between the mysterious and attractive outcast Shanghai Lily and her ex-lover dr. Harvey wrapped in an interesting adventure starring a train in the Chinese civil war. Some of the humor, mostly coming from Sam Salt, seems to rely on stereotyping the Chinese as an inferior and weird people, which reminds you of the fact you're watching a Pre-Code film. Fun to watch. With great acting by Dietrich.

  22. Francesco Maria Carreri's rating of the film Shanghai Express

    marlene dietrich should be credited as director

  23. José Neves's rating of the film Shanghai Express

    Cinematography by Lee Garmes.

  24. MichelleB's rating of the film Shanghai Express

    Just saw Shanghai Express last week on TCM. I've seen it since I was 13, but watched again just to look at the lighting over Dietrich. And stayed, enamoured over von Sternberg's storytelling of something reminiscent of "The General Died At Dawn". Got lost in Travis Banton's costumes: the black lacquered ostrich feathered hat and coat Dietrich wears midway. Loved her hair. Love JVS. JVS fans, post comments.

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