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Christopher Lee as Fun Manchu
Mar
09

Christopher Lee and Fu Manchu: Critiques and Interpretations

Rather than a review any particular one of Christopher Lee's Fu Manchu films, I'd like to focus in on (and refute) two critiques that have been raised by several writers and critics. One having to do with the image of Fu Manchu itself, the other specifically having to do with Mr. Lee's interpretation of the character. My reason for going from the general to the particular is that no discussion of Fu Manchu -- or any actor's performance in that role -- can avoid dealing with the first critique. To wit:

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