The Lady from Shanghai ★★★★½

Doesn't have that "complete masterpiece" feel that, say, Touch of Evil has, but it is pretty damn good all the same. Was particularly impressed by the script this time around - I never realized before how perfectly Welles nails the stylized, hard-boiled, witty style of noir. At times it almost seems like a self-conscious send-up of noir, this despite the fact that it was written before the term "film noir" even existed, but who knows. Would love to see a "director's cut" at some point, but apparently all the footage has been destroyed. Bah.

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