DIRECTOR: JOSEF VON STERNBERG
CAST: MARLENE DIETRICH, CLIVE BROOK, ANNA MAY WONG
“It took more than one man to change my name to Shanghai Lily,” proclaims Marlene Dietrich with the disdain of an empress, though in fact she’s a high-class courtesan, re-encountering former lover Clive Brook on an express train rolling through civil war-wracked China. The fourth of Dietrich and von Sternberg’s collaborations is a riot of delirious chinoiserie artifice and sculpted shadowplay—Dietrich’s co-star Anna May Wong was never again shot so caressingly.
Shanghai Express is part of the series Marlene