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SHANGHAI EXPRESS SCREENING feat.
WU TSONG SLAYS THE SEDUCTRESS +
DELAYED RAYS OF A STAR BOOK LAUNCH NC16
Director: Josef von Sternberg
Stars: Marlene Dietrich, Clive Brook, Anna May Wong
Genre: Adventure, Romance
Year: 1932
Duration: 94min
(excludes duration for post-screening talk)
Language: English, French, Cantonese, German with English subtitles

Strong female lead characters and coded queer desire. An exclusive pairing of classic Hollywood hit Shanghai Express and Kirsten Tan's short film Wu Tsong Slays The Seductress, followed by the launch of Amanda Lee Koe's dazzling new novel Delayed Rays of a Star.

This screening is presented in partnership with Goethe Institut Singapore

Programme:

8pm to 9.35pm
-Screening of Wu Song Slays the Seductress (NC16, 12min)
- Screening of Shanghai Express (PG, 82min)

9.35pm to 10.15pm
- Post show discussion with author Amanda Lee Koe, moderated by filmmaker Kirsten Tan

10.15pm onwards
Book signing + book sales*
*Pls note Cash Sales only

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About Shanghai Express:

An intoxicating mix of adventure, romance, and pre-Code salaciousness, Shanghai Express marks the commercial peak of an iconic collaboration. Marlene Dietrich is at her wicked best as Shanghai Lily, a courtesan whose reputation brings a hint of scandal to a three-day train ride through war-torn China. On board, she is surrounded by a motley crew of foreigners and lowlifes, including a fellow fallen woman (Anna May Wong), an old flame (Clive Brook), and a rebel leader wanted by the authorities (Warner Oland). As tensions come to a boil, director Josef von Sternberg delivers one breathtaking image after another, enveloping his star in a decadent profusion of feathers, furs, and cigarette smoke. The result is a triumph of studio filmmaking and a testament to the mythic power of Hollywood glamour.

About the short film, Wu Song Slays the Seductress:

Wu Song Slays the Seductress 《武松殺嫂》 is a female-driven reinterpretation of a Ming dynasty play from one of China's four great classical texts, The Water Margins《水滸傳》, staged as a traditional Teochew opera in an opulent KTV nightclub.

About the novel, Delayed Rays of a Star:

A dazzling debut novel following the lives of three groundbreaking women–Marlene Dietrich, Anna May Wong, and Leni Riefenstahl–cinema legends who lit up the twentieth century. Koe’s novel was inspired by a 1928 photograph taken in Berlin of then up and coming real-life actresses, Marlene Dietrich, Anna May Wong, and Leni Riefenstahl, at a party in Berlin. Shanghai Express features prominently in the novel, from pages 153 - 186. Read more about the book HERE

More about the author AMANDA LEE KOE

More about the moderator and filmmaker KIRSTEN TAN

An NPR review of Delayed Rays of a Star