Orson Welles may have put on a lot of weight, but Touch of Evil is just as brilliantly made as the man’s earlier works. Welles delves into the realm of film noir this time, and the result is an interesting little hodge-podge of a film.
This film has by far one of the best and most revered opening tracking shots of all time; I won’t go any further explaining what has already been explained countless times before, you can google/wiki it, or hell just watch the film. The camera is constantly moving in typical Welles fashion, and keeps the audience’s attention well held. The plot is rather hard to follow, and extends rather long and lengthy in comparison to the running time, which may be a point or so off for the film, but there’s plenty of action and happenings to hopefully keep your interest.
There are several version of this film, owing to several recuts done to try and recreate Welles’ original vision of the film. The version I saw was the 108 minute version, but I hear the 112 minute cut is even better. Your mileage may vary, of course, but I at least enjoyed it, and if you’re in the mood for a moody film noir, I think you will too.
Arbitrary Rating: 8/10