Playing July 17 & 18, 2011
Touch of Evil
Dir. Orson Welles US 1958
Artistically ground-breaking and emotionally compelling, Touch of Evil was decades ahead of its time for American audiences when it was released. This classic film noir stars Charlton Heston as Mexican lawman Ramon “Mike” Vargas, Janet Leigh as his new wife and Orson Welles as a corrupt police captain that Heston tries to expose. The opening scene, a three-minute plus tracking shot that depicts a bomb being planted in a car, is one of the most famous in cinema. Although admired by European cineastes such as Godard and Truffaut, here it was considered a “B” movie and was substantially re-edited against director Welles’ wishes. The tepid response to the original film doomed Welles’ career; he never again directed in Hollywood after making this dark, stunning portrait of corruption and abuse of power. In 1998, the film was re-edited by renowned editor Walter Murch, who worked from Welles’ notes and the restored version demonstrates the vision of one of America’s greatest directors. (112m)

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Mon: 7:00, 9:20
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