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Bergner Is Less Mannered than Usual But That's Not Saying Much
Elizabeth Bergner is one of those actresses whom you either love or hate,i being in the latter camp.It is difficult to concentrate on one of her films because she is always doing something,like twiddling her hands,playing with an ashtray or just making a face.Here she plays an unlikely character in an unlikely manner in a film full on unlikeable people going through an unremarkable plot.It is little surprise that her film career came to a grinding halt in the early forties.Compare it with the career of Marlene Dietrich who became a screen icon,whose memory and films have not faded with the years.I could watch shanghai Express again tomorrow,but never again could I inflict upon myself a viewing of this thirties load of tripe.
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