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TOUCH OF EVIL (Release Version)


Thursday, January 29

(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 93-minute version, the cut shown in theaters on first release, is now, ironically, the rarest. Approx. 93 min. 35mm.

Scene from 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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