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The Shanghai Gesture Movie Review Summary

Actors: Ona Munson, Gene Tierney, Walter Huston, Victor Mature, Marcel Dalio

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THE SHANGHAI GESTURE is a movie directed by Josef von Sternberg in 1941. It earned two nominations for the 1943 Academy awards in the Best Art Direction and Best Musical Score categories.

"Mother" Gin Sling owns a gambling house in the hot quarter of Shanghai. She's asked to close it before the next Chinese New Year's Eve because an English businessman, Sir Guy Charteris, has bought nearly all the buildings in the neighborhood. Meanwhile, Gene Tierney, Sir Guy's daughter, has become a regular gambler in Gin Sling's joint and is soon borrowing important sums from the casino bank.

Thanks to this unexpected help, "Mother" Gin Sling intends to blackmail Sir Guy and force him to give up his intention to close her business. Furthermore, she has recognized in Sir Guy the english adventurer who married her, stole her money and abandoned her twenty years before. Defeated, Sir Guy confesses to Gin Sling that Tierney is also her daughter.
The review of this Movie prepared by Daniel Staebler








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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1930's-1950's Family, struggling with    -   Yes Struggle with:    -   Daughter Crime & Scandal    -   Yes Blackmail & Seduction?    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   small businessman Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Chinese

Setting

Asia/Pacific/Middle East    -   Yes Asian country:    -   China City?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   bar

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing Any profanity?    -   None Is this movie based on a    -   play

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