LADY FROM SHANGHAI (1948) POSTER, US
Unframed: 104 x 69 cm (41 x 27 in.)
While discussing Orson Welles, Marlene Dietrich once famously remarked 'people should cross themselves when they say his name'. Indeed, Orson Welles remains one of the greatest film makers of all time. In 1948 Welles made this film with Columbia Studios, which he both directed and starred in. A classic film noir, Welles was given complete artistic freedom over the project until studio boss Harry Cohn saw the final print. Judging the dialogue too old fashioned and confusing, Cohn had the film completely re-dubbed, re-edited and re-scored before its final release.
This is one of the most sought after American film noir posters. During this golden age of filmmaking, taglines were prominent in many American film posters. The Lady from Shanghai has one of the most alluring taglines - 'I told you….you know nothing about wickedness'.
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Linen-backed. Excellent condition with the colours remaining very bright. Minor restoration to folds.
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