LADY FROM SHANGHAI, THE [LA DAMA DE SHANGHAI] (1947) Argentine poster
Vintage original 56 x 43” (140 x 108 cm.) poster, Argentina. Rita Hayworth, Orson Welles, Everett Sloane, Glen Anders, dir: Orson Welles; Columbia. One of the best remembered of the film noir genre. Controversial while being filmed for Orson Welles controlling ways and for his insistence that wife Rita Hayworth cut and dye her famous red tresses— the film, based on Sherwood King’s novel IF I DIE BEFORE I WAKE was made only because Welles was in financial trouble while producing a musical stage version of AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS. The creditors were about to pull the sets and costumes on opening night in Boston if he did not pay the bill. He asked studio head Harry Cohn to buy the property and he guaranteed that he would give his services as actor, director and writer if Cohn would bail out the monies needed to allow the show to open. Orson delivered a film that ran 155 minutes. Though beautifully photographed, Cohn was not pleased. It was cut to 87 minutes, glamour close-ups and a song were added for Hayworth (for which she was dubbed) and the release held for a year. Errol Flynn’s yacht was used for the location filming and Flynn served as a technical advisor and appears in the background of some shots. Today the film is appreciated for its’ moodiness, romance and photography— and for the legendary scene of the funhouse of mirrors. This is a rare size poster which is very seldom seen. The slogan in Spanish reads, basically; “Either love me as I am, or hate me!” On linen, with minor conservation along folds and edges, near fine.