Welles' dark film, in content and style, is IMO better than Citizen Kane.
Thrilling, and a technical masterpiece.
over 3 years
dunno how to feel about that brown face, still beautifully shot
Taylor Reginald Wright
over 5 years
Orson Welles' gritty film noir is perfect. Artful and entertaining, it's a wonderful film.
over 5 years
The studio version is good, Welles' cut is incredible.
over 6 years
Found it staggeringly difficult to maintain concentration. Just not a fan of Orson Welles
Touch of Evil is a 1958 American crime thriller film, written, directed by, and co-starring Orson Welles. The screenplay was loosely based on the novel Badge of Evil by Whit Masterson. Along with Welles, the cast includes Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh, Joseph Calleia, Akim Tamiroff, and Marlene Dietrich.
Touch of Evil is one of the last examples of film noir in the genre's classic era (from the early 1940s until the late 1950s).
The film opens with a three-minute, twenty-second tracking shot widely considered by critics as one of the greatest long takes in cinematic history. On the Mexico/US border, a man plants a time bomb in a car. A man and woman enter the vehicle and make a slow journey through town to the US border. Newlyweds Miguel "Mike" Vargas (Charlton Heston) and Susie (Janet Leigh) pass the car several times on foot. The car crosses the border, then explodes, killing the occupants.
Miguel Vargas is a drug enforcement official in the Mexican government. Realizing the...