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Book Title: The Shanghai Drama|
Directors: Georg Wilhelm Pabst
Release Date: 1938-10-25
Runtime: 105 min
Stars: Christl Mardayn,Louis Jouvet,Raymond Rouleau
IMDb Rating: 6.5
Full movie description "The Shanghai Drama":A Russian emigrant sings in a Shanghai nightclub under the assumed name of Kay Murphy. All she dreams of is a peaceful life with her daughter Vera. But this is only a pipe dream as she has been forced by her former lover Ivan to work for a secret criminal organization, "The Black Dragon". Vera, who studies in a Hong Kong boarding-school, knows nothing about her mother's past. When Ivan, who is also Vera's father, resurfaces and blackmails Kay, the young woman is determined to fight back...
Reviews of the The Shanghai Drama"The Shanghai Drama" (1938) is a French movie set in Shanghai just prior to the Japanese invasion in July of 1937. It comes complete with an "in-between" or soft or conflicted femme fatale (Christl Mardayn) who has been railroaded into her role by circumstances and Louis Jouvet, by whom she had a daughter (Elina Labourdette) 16 years earlier. They're Russian emigres. She thinks him dead but he reappears. Tying things together is Raymond Rouleau as a French journalist.
The political background of the story is essential to the intrigue. It seems to reflect basically the communist (left) vs. the nationalist right. The left-wing leader (Linh-Nam), however, makes an appeal for peace and unity among all classes, so he's not a doctrinaire anti-bourgeoisie communist. The right-wing is represented by a secret society called the Black Dragon, and they're the villains of the piece out to do Linh-Nam in. Mardayn is caught in the middle. Her troubles escalate when her daughter arrives after a 7 year absence at boarding school in Hong Kong.
G.W. Pabst directed. This film is certainly worth seeing. To whom? Well, to fans of French cinema for one thing; to those interested in exotic locales and spy stories; to those who are fans of Rouleau and Jouvet. More generally, it's a pretty good story with a mixture of elements, including some songs, that keep it moving. There's Dorville playing a heavy, the night club owner, Big Bill.
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