The Lady from the Shanghai Cinema

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Time Out says

Prado pays tribute to film noir in general, and to The Lady from Shanghai in particular; but given that Welles' mirror-play classic was itself a genre deconstruction, it's little wonder that Prado's film ends up being more labyrinthine than its play on fantasy and reality, death and desire, can quite accommodate. On a chance visit to a fleapit, seedy estate agent Lucas (Fagundes) enjoys a steamy near-encounter with femme fatale Suzana (Proença); the next day, he finds himself selling a flat to her sinister husband. A slave to his hormones, and intrigued by this rapidly developing B-pic scenario, he is plunged into the customary abyss of mistaken identity, secret societies, drug runners and dead sailors. The film impresses with its hothouse look - all neon, sweat and ceiling fans - but its narrative obfuscation, spiked with Godardian distancing, is too complex to hold the attention.
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UK release:

1988

Duration:

117 mins

Cinemas showing The Lady from the Shanghai Cinema

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Clapham Picturehouse

76 Venn St, London, SW4 0AT Show map/details

  • Address:

    Clapham Picturehouse 76 Venn St
    London
    SW4 0AT

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  • Sun Aug 31:

    • 12:00

Ritzy Cinema Brixton

Brixton Oval, Coldharbour Lane, SW2 1JG Show map/details

  • Address:

    Brixton Oval
    Ritzy Cinema Brixton Coldharbour Lane
    SW2 1JG

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  • Sun Aug 31:

    • 12:00

Greenwich Picturehouse

180 Greenwich High Rd, London, SE10 8NN Show map/details

  • Address:

    Greenwich Picturehouse 180 Greenwich High Rd
    London
    SE10 8NN

  • Venue phone:

    08717 042 065

  • Venue website:

    www.picturehouses.co.uk

  • Opening hours:

    7.45pm

  • Transport:

    Rail: Greenwich rail/DLR

  • Price:

    £7, concs £5

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    1. Greenwich Picturehouse
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  • Sun Aug 31:

    • 13:00
  • Address:

    Stratford Picturehouse East London Salway Rd
    London
    E15 1BX

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  • Sun Aug 31:

    • 18:00

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