Cracking the (Pre) Code: Shanghai Express

July 21, 2019
Museum of Fine Arts Houston - Brown Auditorium
1001 Bissonnet Street | Houston, TX 77006
Phone: (713) 639-7515
Times: 5:00 PM to 6:25 PM
Admission: General Admission $9. MFAH members, senior adults & students with ID, $7
Area of Town: Museum District

Aboard the title train, befeathered Marlene Dietrich finds mysterious Anna May Wong (the era’s only Chinese American star) and stoic ex-lover Clive Brook, but Chinese rebel leader Warner Oland (a Swedish-born actor who also played Charlie Chan) demands an unscheduled stop. “A triumphant fusion of sin, glamour, shamelessness, art, and perhaps a furtive sense of humor.” – film critic Pauline Kael. Read about the film's cinematography. Read a Criterion essay. Read more about Marlene Dietrich and Josef von Sternberg.  

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