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Everyman Selfridges Presents: SHANGHAI EXPRESS + HORST PHOTOGRAPHY V&A TALK



The new Everyman Cinema in Selfridges has hit the ground running with a series of intriguing screenings and events. This one ties into the V&A Horst photography exhibition, and offers a chance to see a Josef von Sternberg classic- Shanghai Express, starring the enigmatic and magnetic Marlena Dietrich,

From the Everyman:

In collaboration with the V&A, we are thrilled to welcome Curators Susanna Brown and Keith Lodwick to Everyman Selfridges. Join them as they discuss the exhibition Horst: Photographer of Style and explore Horst’s collaborations and friendships with some of cinema’s brightest stars, including Marlene Dietrich. They will explain the process of creating this major exhibition and provide an insight into the key themes of the show and stories behind Horst’s iconic Hollywood portraits. The discussion will be followed by a screening of the Marlene Dietrich classic, Shanghai Express.

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This autumn, the V&A presents the definitive retrospective exhibition of the work of master photographer Horst P. Horst – one of the leading photographers of the 20th century. Join Susanna Brown, exhibition Curator and V&A Curator of Photographs, and Keith Lodwick, V&A Theatre & Performance Curator, as they explore Horst’s collaborations and friendships with Hollywood stars such as Marlene Dietrich. 

In his illustrious 60-year career, Horst worked predominantly in Paris and New York and creatively traversed the worlds of art, fashion, design, theatre and high society. Horst excelled at portraiture and during Hollywood’s golden age he captured some of the brightest stars: Rita Hayworth, Bette Davis, Vivien Leigh, Noël Coward, Ginger Rogers, Joan Crawford and Marlene Dietrich among them.

Dietrich found fame with films such as Morocco (1930), Blonde Venus (1932) and Shanghai Express (1932) and director Josef von Sternberg was instrumental in shaping her femme fatale image. He used angled lighting to enhance Dietrich's facial features but Horst chose a softer approach. He later commented, ‘She projected sex but she was not sexy.’ Discover the processes of creating this major exhibition and hear the little-known stories behind Horst’s most glittering portrait photographs.

The discussion will be followed by a screening of the Marlene Dietrich classic, Shanghai Express.