midnight@ten series: TOUCH OF EVIL (Restored Director’s Cut)USA | 1958 | 111 mins | Rated PG-13 | Drama, Film Noir, Mystery/Suspense
Friday July 26, 2013
Saturday July 27, 2013
Martha's Vineyard Film Center
$12 General Admission, $7 Member
Doors Open for admissions 30 min. prior to screening - buy at center
Orson Welles, Franklin Coen, Paul Monash
Charlton Heston, Orson Welles, Janet Leigh, Akim Tamiroff, Joseph Cotten, Marlene Dietrich, Zsa Zsa Gabor
Annette Insdorf – film scholar and author will be joining us on Saturday, July 27th screening of TOUCH OF EVIL for a special introduction.
Ms. Insdorf is Director of Undergraduate Film Studies at Columbia University, and a Professor in the Graduate Film Division of the School of the Arts (for which she was Chair from 1990-95).
This baroque nightmare of a south-of-the-border mystery is considered to be one of the great movies of Orson Welles, who both directed and starred in it. On honeymoon with his new bride, Susan (Janet Leigh), Mexican-born policeman Mike Vargas (Charlton Heston) agrees to investigate a bomb explosion. In so doing, he incurs the wrath of local police chief Hank Quinlan (Welles), a corrupt, bullying behemoth with a perfect arrest record.
Touch of Evil has been released with four different running times — 95 minutes for the 1958 original, which was taken away from Welles and brutally cut by the studio; 108 minutes and 114 minutes in later versions; and 111 minutes in the 1998 restoration. Based on a 58-page memo written by Welles after he was barred from the editing room during the film’s original post-production, this restoration, among numerous other changes, removed the opening titles and Henry Mancini’s music from the opening crane shot, which in either version ranks as one of the most remarkably extended long takes in movie history.
"Expressionistic in the extreme, filled with shadows, angles and cinematic flourishes, the film raises the usual brooding nightmare ambiance of film noir to a level few other pictures have attempted."
--Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"The film has always been a favorite of those who enjoy visual and dramatic flamboyance."
--Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Having the Touch of Evil envisioned by our most creative filmmaker, is a wondrous gift no movie lover should miss."
--Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune