aku-aku: v.. To move a tall, flat bottomed object (such as a bookshelf) by swiveling it alternatively on its corners in a "walking" fashion. [After the book by Thor Heyerdahl theorising the statues of Easter Island were moved in this fashion.] source: LangMaker.com. Aku Aku also has another meaning to the islanders: a spiritual guide.
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Review: Lady from Shanghai, The (1948)
Posted by dav at 2003 March 30 02:16 PM
File under: Movies

Lady from Shanghai, The (1948)
This is one I added to my netflix queue after watching Gilda a few weeks ago. Unfortunately it was not as enjoyable as Gilda as a movie, but I did enjoy it as a historical document. There were plenty of outdoor shots of 1940's San Francisco that made it fun to spot and identify certain locations such as Empress of China restaurant and Li Po in Chinatown, Sausalito harbor and the old amusement park that used to be at Ocean Beach (torn down in 1972) called Playland (once home of the terrifying Laughing Sal). Despite that fun, overall I would have to say the film is probably my least favoriteOrson Welles or Rita Hayworth film so far.


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