Sunday, June 12

Repertory Series ArchivePrime Noir of the 1950s

Touch of Evil

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(1958) dir Orson Welles w/Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh, Orson Welles, Akim Tamiroff, Marlene Dietrich [95 min; DCP]
Coined by some as the last ‘true’ film noir, TOUCH OF EVIL features a particularly grotesque Orson Welles as an epically corrupt U.S. border cop who butts heads with a principled Mexican drug agent (implausibly played by Heston) when a couple are murdered with a car bomb.

“One of a few monumental 1950s swan songs marking the end of the great epoch of traditional studio filmmaking.” – Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader

“Where Mr. Welles soundly succeeds is in generating enough sinister electricity for three such yarns and in generally staging it like a wild, murky nightmare.” – Howard Thompson, New York Times

“I first saw it when I was 14 and thought it was one of the worst pictures ever — garish, oppressive, and appallingly overacted. Grown up, I’d go with those same adjectives, except now I think it’s one of the best.” – David Edelstein, Slate


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