Monday, November 2, 2009

Nov. 2: ‘The Lady from Shanghai’ at the Rafael Film Center

Posted By on Mon, Nov 2, 2009 at 4:47 PM

In addition to Laughing Sal and It’s-Its ice cream sandwiches, the fondly remembered Playland at San Francisco’s Ocean Beach also inspired one of the most tension-filled film endings in old Hollywood. The hall of mirrors scene from ‘The Lady from Shanghai’ thrillingly climaxes one of Orson Welles’ most plagued movies—he owed it to Columbia Pictures to repay a loan, mindlessly pitched a nonexistent plot, cast his estranged wife Rita Hayworth in the lead role and admitted, afterward, that it made little sense. But the film noir captures a wonderful vision of San Francisco and, in some scenes, the Sausalito waterfront. For a special screening in San Rafael, Welles’ own daughter Chris Welles Feder will be on hand to discuss the film, her father’s genius and her new book, In My Father’s Shadow: A Daughter Remembers Orson Welles. See film history come alive on Monday, Nov. 2, at the Rafael Film Center. 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. 7pm. $10. 415.454.1222.Gabe Meline
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