Le Femme Fatale

Thursday, May 14, 2009

'Killing you is killing myself. But, you know, I'm pretty tired of both of us.'

Released in 1948 and directed by Orson Welles, 'The Lady from Shanghai' is one of my favorite Orson films. It stars his then wife Rita Hayworth and is based on a novel by Sherwood King entitled 'If I Die Before I Wake'. It's history is full of note worthy trivia and controversy (one being Rita's drastic hair change from long and red to blonde and short). This is one of the top scenes. I love how she sings... not really well I guess, but with lots of emotion. There's also enough dialogue to give you an idea of the films atmosphere, very dark of course.


Sam said...

Rita, Rita, Rita! What a doll! I haven't seen this film but I must immediately go get it from the store! Tell me Gabbi, wasn't Rita Mexican? I think I read that somewhere. She was very lovely anyway and I think she had a million gentlemen keen on her.

Julia said...

the pictures are so classic!

Miss Eve said...

Dear Gabbi! Oh I love that quote on the top your post...I can't wait to see this movie, you really made my appetite for it. Love old movies by the way. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving me that cute comment. Such an honor to see my blog on your bloglist...I'm so sorry for the late answer, but I'm dealing with serious internet and computer problems here, hopefully things will be back to normal in a couple of days. I hope you have a wonderful Sunday, much love: Evi

Couture Carrie said...

Oooooh I just adore old movies, especially Hitchcock ~ beautiful post, darling Gabbi!


Rebecca said...

That movie looks intense! I haven't heard of it, but I'd love to see it. :)

Emz said...

Wow I've never seen this! Need to check this out at some point!

Keith said...

I love this film so much. Rita is incredible. Great post.

Gabbi said...

~ I thought she was Mexican for the longest time dear Sam, but then recently read that she was actually the daughter of a Spanish flamenco dancer and a English/Irish-American Ziegfeld girl. I loved seeing her with Fred Astaire. Thank you dear Sam!xxoxo

~ Thank you dear Julia…xoxo

~ You’re going to like it dear Eve, the whole film is filled with incredible and slightly melodramatic quotes. I really like your blog, it’s such a pretty girly place. My Sunday was great, hope yours was too and hope you have an awesome week… Thank you! *bises*

~ Thank you dearest CC, I love Hitchcock also. Such strong female characters. Hope your week is going well… it’s always nice hearing from you! xxoxo

~ You’d like it Rebecca… as a fellow lover of pretty vintage things I’m sure of it! Wishing you a lovely week!xo

~ You’ll like it dear Emz… thank you!!xo

~ Thank you dear Keith… she belongs on ‘Sugar and Spice’ maybe? xo


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