Matinee Thursday @ Epiphany: The Lady from Shanghai
Rita Hayworth, Orson Welles, Everett Sloane
Columbia Pictures; Directed by Orson Welles
Black and White; Not Rated; 87 minutes; 1948
Michael O’Hara (Orson Welles), an Irish seaman falls for Elsa Bannister (Rita Hayworth), a seductive bombshell married to wealthy lawyer Aurthur Bannister (Everett Sloane), Elsa and Aurthur frame Michael for a murder Elsa committed. Orson Welles wrote, produced, directed, and starred in this film noir thriller with a bizarre twist. Welles’ final scene is a brilliantly photographed shoot-out in a hall of mirrors.