Marlene Dietrich in the Unavailable “Shanghai Express,” Thurs., Sept 9

Thursday, September 9th, the Nueva Onda Movie Nights is screening SHANGHAI EXPRESS – at 8pm! Free! Door prizes! Our season is drawing to a close – don’t miss out!

As part of our UNRENTABLE series, the Movie Nights is pleased to show this unavailable classic with Dietrich in perfect form.

“It took more than one man to change my name to Shanghai Lily,” purrs Marlene Dietrich in Shanghai Express. She certainly has her well-manicured hands full with more men than she can count in this exotic far-Eastern adventure. Among her fellow passengers on the Shanghai Express are her disillusioned former fiance, stalwart British medical corps officer Clive Brook; overfervent missionary Lawrence Grant; dope smuggler Gustav von Seyffertitz; and mysterious Eurasian businessman Warner Oland. As the train chugs through the more treacherous passages of war-torn China, Oland reveals himself as the leader of a rebel group, who plans to hold the passengers hostage to secure the release of his imprisoned followers….

Directed by Josef von Sternberg at his most orgiastic (love those long, lingering dissolves!), Shanghai Express is 80% style and 20% substance, as proven by two less stylish remakes, Night Plane to Chungking and Peking Express.  –

Also, we’ve created a few poll questions to help improve the Movie Nights. Please check them out and let us know! Thanks!

The Nueva Onda Movie Nights is a FREE, fan- and mister-cooled monthly movie screening held rain-or-shine, 8 pm, on the covered patio at Nueva Onda restaurant, 2218 College, just northwest of Oltorf and S. Congress. Our volunteers show award-winning indie shorts, docs, and features from around the world. Find out more about us at! Limited menu of nachos, cookies, popcorn, and drinks. NOMN is BYOB. Schedule subject to change.


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