Hardboiled Noir Nights continue at The Fox!
You may know it as the movie that inspired the opening of Altman's The Player, or the many long shots of DePalma, or simply as the movie that Travolta goes to see in Get Shorty. And if you only know the reference points, its time you delved into the crooked, hot and sweaty drama that takes place along a US/Mexico bordertown in Orson Welles' Touch of Evil.
Well after the success of Citizen Kane, Welles got together with a truly bizarre cast featuring Charlton Heston as a Mexican, Welles as the greasy, drunken, washed up detective, and Marlene Dietrich as the Madame at a low rent brothel. Welles still had some tricks up his sleeve at this point and managed to put toghether one of the great noirs of the classic era, and one of the finest films of all time.
This is big screen material people!
Touch of Evil (1956)
Dir. Orson Welles
Cast: Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh, Orson Welles, Marlene Dietrich
An automobile is blown up as it crosses the Mexican border into the United States. Mike Vargas, a high ranking Mexican narcotics official on honeymoon with his bride, Susie, is drawn into the investigation because a Mexican national has been accused of the crime. The figurative and physical presence of Hank Quinlan as the 330 pound sheriff looms all over. Quinlan is a fanatic where «justice» is concerned, even if obtaining it involves planting evidence. Quinlan's reputation for law and order enables him to bend the law without question until Vargas confronts him. From that point on, it's a battle of wits between the two that, with an accelerating pace, rushes to a climax.