|Sun 23rd August||7.45pm|
|Thurs 27th August||10.30am|
Dir: Orson Welles | USA | 1957 | 110 mins
Cast | Orson Welles, Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh
In a seedy US-Mexican border town, detective Miguel Vargas (Charlton Heston) and his
new bride Susie (Janet Leigh) become embroiled in a perilous maelstrom of crime and corruption as Miguel’s investigation into a drugs ring brings him into conflict with local law-enforcer Hank Quinlan (Orson Welles). Welles’ last Hollywood picture, Touch of Evil is a virtuoso film noir exhibiting his extraordinary sense of cinematic style, vivid characterisation and an almost Shakespearian flair for tragedy. Opening with a tracking shot that’s considered by critics to one of the greatest long takes in film history, many argue that it’s this, not Citizen Kane, that’s Welles’ masterpiece.
“A baroque masterpiece – dark, complex, perverse, riveting” Philip French, Observer
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