• Touch of Evil

    1958. USA. Orson Welles. 112 min.

Saturday, May 24, 2008, 8:00 p.m.

Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1

  • Touch of Evil

    1958. USA. Written and directed by Orson Welles. Music by Henry Mancini. With Welles, Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh, Marlene Dietrich. This reconstructed version of the film is based on the legendarily eloquent fifty-eight-page memo that Welles wrote to Universal Studio executives after they barred him from the cutting room during post-production. Gone are the title credits that obscured the exquisitely choreographed opening shot, as Russell Metty's crane follows newlyweds Heston and Leigh along the pulsating, garishly lit streets of a U.S.-Mexican border town, until a car explosion suddenly brings evil and corruption into their lives. And Henry Mancini's jazz theme—brilliantly used elsewhere in the film as a source cue—now gives way to a disorienting cacophony of voices, Latin brass, Afro-Cuban percussion, cabaret, honkytonk, and rock music drifting from the passing nightclubs, automobiles, storefronts, and hotels. 112 min.

In the Film exhibition Jazz Score

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