Rita Hayworth & Orson Welles in publicity still for The Lady From Shanghai (1947, dir. Orson Welles)
Q. What was the Hollywood reaction generally to [The Lady From Shanghai]?
Welles: Friends avoided me. Whenever it was mentioned, people would clear their throats and change the subject very quickly out of consideration for my feelings. I only found out that it was considered a good picture when I got to Europe. The first nice thing I ever heard about it from an American was from Truman Capote. One night in Sicily, he quoted whole pages of dialogue word for word.
Q. I guess that’s called being ahead of your time.
Welles: It’s called being in trouble.
-excerpted from This Is Orson Welles
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Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth in The Lady From Shanghai (Orson Welles, 1947)
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Rita Hayworth in The Lady From Shanghai (Orson Welles, 1947) (Also)
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Original Polish poster for The Big Sleep (Michael Winner, 1978), designed by Marek Ploza-Dolinski, 1979
Gaby Rodgers, Kiss Me Deadly (1955)
(More stills over at unbearablevision)
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Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall in opening credits to The Big Sleep (Howard Hawks, 1946)
Gene Tierney in Laura (1944, dir. Otto Preminger)
That was Laura. But she’s only a dream.
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Rita Hayworth in The Lady From Shanghai (Orson Welles, 1947)
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“You’d be foolish to fire that gun. With these mirrors, it’s difficult to tell - you are aiming at me, aren’t you? I’m aiming at you, lover. Of course, killing you is killing myself. It’s the same thing. But you know, I’m pretty tired of both of us.”
I adore this film with every hardboiled chain-smoking double-crossing fibre of my noir-cuddling being.
See also: Why this sequence in Manhattan Murder Mystery always manages to reconcile my Woody Allen ambivalence (at least temporarily, and preferably coupled incongruously with the Gene-Wilder-shags-an-Armenian-sheep segement in Everything You’ve Always Know About Sex (But Were Afraid To Ask) ).
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The Lady From Shanghai (Orson Welles, 1947)
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