The Lady from the Shanghai Cinema

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The Lady from the Shanghai Cinema
The Lady from the Shanghai Cinema.jpg
Cover of the VHS release
Directed by Guilherme de Almeida Prado
Produced by Sara Silveira
Written by Guilherme de Almeida Prado
Starring Maitê Proença
Antônio Fagundes
Music by Hermelino Neder
Cinematography Cláudio Portioli
José Roberto Eliezer
Edited by Jair Garcia Duarte
Distributed by Embrafilme
Release date
  • September 1, 1988 (1988-09-01)[1][2]
Running time
115 minutes
Country Brazil
Language Portuguese
Budget $450,000[3]

The Lady from the Shanghai Cinema (Portuguese: A Dama do Cine Shanghai) is a 1988 Brazilian thriller film directed by Guilherme de Almeida Prado.[1][2] The film borrows some references from Hollywood films noirs of the 1940s, mainly Orson Welles' The Lady from Shanghai; its name is a play with Welles' film.[2][4]


It follows Lucas (Antônio Fagundes), an estate agent who becomes fascinate by Suzana (Maitê Proença), a woman who looks almost exactly like an actress in the film he is watching. They start an affair, but she is married to Desdino, a gangster (Paulo Villaça), exposing Lucas to a criminal world of violence and corruption.[2][5][6]



At the 16th Festival de Gramado, it was elected the Best Film by jury and critic, receiving also Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Original Score, Best Scenography, and Best Editing awards.[7] The Lady From the Shanghai Cinema won the Best Film, Best Cinematography, Best Score, and Best Art Director at the 6th Bogota Film Festival.[8]


  1. ^ a b "A Dama do Cine Shanghai" (in Portuguese). Cinemateca Brasileira. Retrieved March 6, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d ""A Dama do Cine Shangai" estréia em sete cinemas". Folha de S. Paulo (in Portuguese). Grupo Folha. September 9, 1988. Retrieved March 6, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Onda internacional do filme B contagia o Brasil". Folha de S. Paulo (in Portuguese). Grupo Folha. January 20, 1989. Retrieved March 11, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Pop Culture 101 - The Lady from Shanghai". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved March 6, 2014. 
  5. ^ Karney, Robyn. "The Lady From The Shanghai Cinema". Empire. Retrieved March 6, 2014. 
  6. ^ Fountain, Clarke. "A Dama do cine Shanghai". The New York Times. Retrieved March 6, 2014. 
  7. ^ "A Dama do Cine Shangai vence em Gramado". O Estado de S. Paulo (in Portuguese). Grupo Estado. June 28, 1998. Retrieved March 5, 2014. 
  8. ^ "XXIV Festival de Cine de Bogotá" (PDF) (in Spanish). Bogota Film Festival. p. 10. Archived from the original on March 6, 2014. Retrieved March 6, 2014. 

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