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Touch of Evil

Orson Welles / US, 1958 / 111 min.

‘The biggest B-film ever shot’ is how Orson Welles’ film noir Touch of Evil was described by some. Welles plays the dishevelled, corrupt cop tasked with solving an inexplicable murder in a rundown Mexican border town. The astounding opening shot is a seldom equalled stylistic highpoint.

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Orson Welles' fabulous noir-melodrama was based on the pulp thriller Badge of Evil by Whit Masterson that is steeped in insanity and depicts an intense interracial affair. Welles provided one of his most Shakespearean performances in Touch of Evil as the aging, corrupt Captain Quinlan, chief of police in a small American town on the border with Mexico.

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Orson Welles

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Touch of Evil


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still Touch of Evil (Orson Welles, US 1958)
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