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  1. Hard-Boiled Dick

    How to go Shark Fishing in 5 Easy Steps

    1. Get about 200 lbs. of bait (“Somebody’s Fool” bait works best)

    2. Put the bait on large meat hooks

    3. Drop the bait into the ocean – Caribbean, Mexico, and California work well

    4. Work the sharks into a feeding frenzy – attorney sharks, Shanghai sharks, two-bit sweating sharks

    5. Haul the sharks to an amusement park for a surrealistic samurai finale

    If you don’t get this flick, watch it at least 10 times. Take a rest, some aspirin, a couple shots of bourbon, and then watch it again. You’ll never tire of it, if you like sharks, triple double crosses, and frenzied malaise.

  2. Lee

    One of the greats of the genre. Saw this a decade ago, and remembered it fondly. Watched it again yesterday, and man it is just a terrific Noir film. The courtroom scenes are bit wonky, and are sort of out of sync with the tone of rest of the film, but are thankfully brief. And that final fun house/hall of mirrors sequence is just insane, a singular achievement in all of film noir. And of course those immortal final lines of voiceover narration that is just quintessential Noir & gave me chills.

  3. Jon Fairhurst

    I saw the recent 4K re-master of this film at the Northwest Film Center in Portland with a full audience. It’s surprising how much comedy is present in this film! (I’ve heard the same said of cinema presentations of The Wizard of Oz.) Yes, in some cases the audience would laugh at outdated conventions, but mainly we laughed at truly funny lines, situations, and characters. That said, when the stakes were high, we were silently glued to the screen.

    Unlike many darker, grittier films noir, The Lady From Shanghai delivers a richness that goes well beyond the genre. I generally prefer my wines dry, but I love rich complexity as well.

    As to the 4K master, the technology easily exceeded the resolution of the available film. The film grain came through clearly and naturally. It was great seeing circular and oblong grain, rather than the typically digital square dots or excessive noise reduction. Had they added film gate jitter and a smattering of dust, it would have looked like we were watching an original print in 1948.

  4. Thanks for the report Jon. Wish I had the luck to see it on the big screen! Sorry for the delay in responding – I have been on sabbatical.

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