Touch of Evil Reviews
Orson was amazing, and Marlene Dietrich: what an appearance!
"He was some kind of a man... What does it matter what you say about people?"
the storyline is multi-layered, outsetting with an explosive bomb hidden over the trunk to blow off an important govorment officier, and the novelity of ticking tempo is grapplingly crispy. then non mexican-looking charlton heston's vargas appears with his blonde wife janet leigh, commented in the beginning with "non of them look mexican" as the sarcastic undertone. then orson welles dominates the screen with his obsese rotten copper quinlan, also intertwined with the brutish cocaine boss with a laughable wig to cover up his botchy bald.
to be faithful to the action cinema dualism of hero/villain, against roles like quinlan and cocaine boss are all made clusmsily awkward, then heston's decent guy vargas emerges as dashing and masculine with a handsome mustache. to constrain the just vargas, the cocaine gang frame vargas' wife with narcotic intoxication, and that scenario has a sub-taste of modern narcotic cinema. supplementarily marlene dietrich also partakes in the cameo of fortune-telling gypsy woman who footnotes the doom of quilan as effective cynicism, "your future is all used up.", particularly her last line on quilan's demise. "what does it matter what you say about people?"
some criticize charlton heston's acting style and his inadequacy as mexican in it, but how about dietrich? is she conving as a german-accented gypsy? the notion of cinema thrives upon maginifed reality with delusional contortions, so naturally the inauthentic castings could be a method to emphasize the malfuntioned surroundings which permeat in the corrupted dimensions of "touch of evil", and its mythical success attributes to the hybridization of various gendres.
Bless you Walter Murch
Quinlan: You bet your sweet life I won't.
The film that was said to have concluded the film noir period.
Orson Welles directs and stars as a corrupt police captain in Mexico with Charton Heston as a Mexican cop and Janet Leigh as his wife.
The film starts with a gloriously long tracking shot that leads up to a bombing. The plot ensues
Welles may have been in on the bombing, Heston has to balance his wife and his struggle to find out the truth of what is going on.
This movie is very much about its style. The plot is fairly simple, although there are many twists and turns, but the visual style and use of sound make this movie work well.
Welles has the best part and most fun in the movie. Heston is ...playing a Mexican, and Janet Leigh is just beautiful.
Well done, very well directed noir.
Quinlan: I don't speak Mexican. Let's keep it in English, Vargas.
Vargas: That's all right with me. I'm sure he's just as unpleasant in any language.
Sanchez: Unpleasant? Strange. I've been told I have a very winning personality. The very best shoe clerk the store ever had.