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Shanghai Express

Shanghai Express

Shanghai Express

1932 / 82min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: JOSEF VON STERNBERG

CAST: ANNA MAY WONG, MARLENE DIETRICH, CLIVE BROOK

Wong was never so sensually photographed as she was when playing an imperious courtesan here, very nearly upstaging her companion and the film’s leading lady, Marlene Dietrich, who re-encounters former lover Clive Brook on an express train rolling through civil war-wracked China in this riot of delirious chinoiserie artifice and sculpted shadowplay. Wong’s show of frank sexuality here scandalized the newspapers back in China, while going a long way toward assuring her screen immortality.

Shanghai Express is screening as part of the series Ann May Wong: Empress of Chinatown. Click here for more info.