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Ratings & Reviews

  1. Severus Snape's rating of the film The Shanghai Gesture

  2. Wee Hunk's rating of the film The Shanghai Gesture

    The obvious comparison is 'Gambling Hell', which has a similar plot. Both are concerned with evildoers "It smells so incredibly evil", who have children they wish to protect. Decadence and intrigue rule the day. Mother Gin Sling / Mother Medusa / Mother Goddam has a fake smile to go with all the fakery going on. This movie is better overall despite the petulant performance of Tierney. She's so annoying!

  3. FISCHER's rating of the film The Shanghai Gesture

    L'irrésistible perdition, d'une jeune Américaine, Poppy Smith, dans l'enfer du jeu, à Shanghai ..... Eblouissant ! www.cinefiches.com

  4. Duncan Gray's rating of the film The Shanghai Gesture

    "It smells so incredibly evil. I didn't think such a place existed except in my own imagination," says Gene Tierney, summing up all of Sternberg's cinema. And what price for pursuing it? Shanghai Gesture is part wish-fulfillment, part nightmare, part meta-commentary thereof, relishing in peeling back moral facades to reveal a sinful hot mess underneath. Don't expect an airtight plot. Sternberg knows it's all a dream.

  5. le Gars's rating of the film The Shanghai Gesture

    In one of the most beautiful close-ups of cinema history, Poppy/Gene Tierney describes perfectly the glamorous and illusionary world of Josef von Sternberg: "It smells so incredibly evil... I didn't think such a place existed except in my own imagination. It has a ghastly familiarity like a half-remembered dream. Anything could happen here... any moment..." http://specchioscuro.it/i-misteri-di-shanghai/

  6. Histioteuthis's rating of the film The Shanghai Gesture

    This is like probably the most "if you can't sit through it I don't blame you" Sternberg but is also one of the most steamy and fascinating ones, the casino set alone not to mention Gene Tierney. Somewhere someone called this a like 'lush decaying fruit" and it's 100% correct

  7. Balthaz21's rating of the film The Shanghai Gesture

  8. Dale Wittig's rating of the film The Shanghai Gesture

    Sternberg's last great Hollywood film might have been even greater had Anna May Wong played the role of Mother Gin Sling, but Ona Munson's performance still has real bite. All the actors are perfectly cast and the lighting and settings are everything one could expect from this master. There is an air of cruel enjoyment in watching the destruction of these privileged colonizers, with whom the viewer likely identifies.

  9. Sudipto Basu's rating of the film The Shanghai Gesture

    What would I not give to know the infinite secrets of the Gin Sling Casino - its architecture, that is to say, its hidden histories and hallways.

  10. Irma Vep's rating of the film The Shanghai Gesture

    Like gorging yourself on rotten fruit.

  11. José Neves's rating of the film The Shanghai Gesture

    the accomplishment of all formal and editing techniques by Sternberg, with his last film, Anatahan, his most audacious and admirable one.

  12. _OOO_'s rating of the film The Shanghai Gesture

    spoon on nose / water in face

  13. ZYNAB's rating of the film The Shanghai Gesture

    “The Shanghai Gesture is a marvelous joke on the zeitgeist of the forties. At a time when screen censorship was so rigid that films of the early thirties like Arrowsmith and A Farewell to Arms were reissued only after extensive scissoring for salacity, The Shanghai Gesture had no ostensible subject except the decadence and depravity of a horde of people who seemed to have been left behind on The Shanghai Express."

  14. Dave's rating of the film The Shanghai Gesture

    I honestly don't know what to make of it...it is just so over the top, yet oh-so-beautiful to look at, as are all von Sternbergs. A unique, strange film and one that I am probably going to have to watch again to try and make sense of.

  15. MarcH's rating of the film The Shanghai Gesture

    Ah, one of the great guilty pleasures.

  16. Neil Bahadur's rating of the film The Shanghai Gesture

    A masterwork of pure decadance, sin, and debauchery. The Tower of Babel arrives on celluloid.

  17. H. Jackson's rating of the film The Shanghai Gesture

    A hell of a lot of fun. One of the most out-and-out melodramatic films I've seen. And it's shot and lit to utter perfection, like everything else von Sternberg made.

  18. Ally the Manic Listmaker's rating of the film The Shanghai Gesture

  19. axsaxs's rating of the film The Shanghai Gesture

    If not for the Hays Code, this would have been a masterpiece of debauchery. Entertaining decadence nonetheless.