Ispirandosi a questo romanzo del 1938, Orson Welles diresse nel 1946 il celeberrimo film La signora di Shanghai, interpretato da Rita Hayworth e dallo stesso regista. Welles spiazzò pubblico e critica, così come il lettore resterà spiazzato dalle svolte sorprendenti nell'intreccio di questo piccolo capolavoro della letteratura noir. Scritta in uno stile immediato e asciutto, come osservò la rivista Time, la storia segue le vicende di Laurence Planter, un giovane e aitante ex marinaio che viene ingaggiato come autista da un grosso avvocato di New York sposato a una donna bellissima. Un giorno, il socio dell'avvocato gli fa una curiosa e ardita proposta, e Laurence, pur sentendo puzza di bruciato, è tentato dalla prospettiva di una vita migliore. Quando si rende conto di essere capitato in un nido di vipere in cui è impossibile distinguere gli amici dai nemici, è già in trappola, una trappola raffinatissima che lui stesso ha inconsapevolmente contribuito a costruire, e sul suo capo pende un'accusa di omicidio. Lo attende la pena di morte se non riuscirà a dimostrare la propria innocenza.
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The basis for one of the greatest film noir, 'The Lady from Shanghai' (1947), which has stood the test of time seventy years on, this pulp story still has the ability to thrill in its courtroom and final death row scenes. It was Orson Welles' genius to transpose the tale from Long Island and Sing Si Leggi tutto
I'd like to thank all at Penguin for removing any element of surprise here with that front cover. I hate having to try and deduce these things myself. What do i look like, Dick Van Dyke?
I picked this up because it was the basis for The Lady From Shanghai (1948) directed by Orson Welles, which is one of my favorite movies. I wanted to see what Welles took from the source material, and what he changed. Some story elements made the leap from page to screen intact, but many others are
The prose is tight. Real tight. No word wasted. A very sharp noir crime thriller. The female charater is a male fantasy, two dimensional femme fatal stick on. Caught between a young, adonis, with a hard body and film star looks and a jealous castrated father figure, murder quickly ensues. The plot s Leggi tutto
Really enjoyed this novel, with all of the twists and turns in the plot - kept me guessing right until the end. Written on the late 1930's it is a typical film noir type of novel, with murder, under lying sexual tension and characters who you don't know whether to trust or not. A great little novel. Leggi tutto
Started off inspired and tightly crafted; ended with a bit too much exposition. In this case the film, despite its flaws, is far superior.
Pulp novels may have been designed to have been disposable but that doesn't mean they don't end up with unexpected longevity -- for example, here I am in 2021 wanting something light and quick to read and remembering I had this book on my shelf from when I'd bought it ages ago, thus fulfilling prett Leggi tutto
Pithy, hard-boiled noir. With a clever & compelling set up, this novel gives Chandler a run. The dialogue carries the story succinctly and economically. The ante is upped throughout by various dilemmas and conflicts of interest. Although the plot begins to become a little incredible towards the end, Leggi tutto
The Lady From Shanghai is a great film, though a little pantomimical, and I was curious to see what this, the source novel, was like. And it’s a fine, if unremarkable noir. It’s slight in a way that the film isn’t, and is principally an exercise in plot structure whereas the movie has a much more ple Leggi tutto
Interesting! I can see what drew Welles to this, the twisted relationships and bizarre court room scene. Though why he played it as an Irishman I have no idea. The whole book is saturated in sex, like Postman, but in a much more noir way than that. Laurence is one of life’s victims, manipulated by eve Leggi tutto
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