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TOUCH OF EVIL (“Preview” version)


Wednesday, January 14

New 35mm Print

*7:00 show introduced by Welles historian Joseph McBride, who will compare the three versions showing in this series

(1958, Orson Welles) When a car bomb vaporizes two border town nightclubbers, Mexican narc Charlton Heston, on his honeymoon with gringa bride Janet Leigh, finds himself pressed into service by memorably bloated police chief Welles. With a legendary opening crane shot that follows the actors for blocks; Marlene Dietrich’s deadpan, dark-wigged madam; and an elaborate chase through the canals of Venice… California. This is the 108-minute “preview” version before it was cut for general release. Approx. 108 min. 35mm.

Orson Welles in TOUCH OF EVIL


“THE TALLEST TREE IN THE WILDERNESS OF WELLES’ POST-KANE CAREER! The dialogue is as intricately overlapped as the lighting is cross-hatched; the cameos are as vivid as possible in a black-and-white movie; the camera work and blocking have the coordination of an Olympic pole vaulter.”
– J. Hoberman

“Wizardly moving camera shots, nightmarish angles and incredibly florid, amusing performances pack the movie... a wondrous gift no movie lover should miss.”
– Michael Wilmington

“No amount of repeated viewings can dull the edge of its sinister ambience or soften the visual excitement Welles brought to this quintessentially cinematic film.”
– Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

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