Touch of Evil (1958_ Reviews
Even though he did manage to direct arguably the greatest movie ever made, Orson Welles did have one very tumultuous career but some of his other directing efforts were still pretty damned amazing and this flick was definitely one of them. Like many other movies directed by the great master, he had once again some major issues with the studio producing this picture and they tempered with the end-results without consulting Welles who was fired during the post-production. Fortunately, at the end of the 90’s , the movie was re-cut following his wishes with some tremendous results. To be honest, I’m not so sure the story was really amazing, it was pretty much a dark and murky film noir but it was definitely entertaining and, above all, the directing was really impressive. Indeed, it has one of the best openings ever, a legendary 10 minutes take, something only a director like Welles could pull off. Seriously, if only to see this marvelous scene, it is already worth watching the damned thing. On top of that, you have Charlton Heston playing a Hispanic character which was a rather weird but interesting choice. To conclude, it is a really entertaining and a very well made flick and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you are interested in Orson Welles’s work.
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