• thenextreel

    ★★★★★ Watched by thenextreel 23 Apr, 2015

    “He was some kind of a man. What does it matter what you say about people?"

    Orson Welles never was one who could direct in the Hollywood studio system without a hitch, and his last studio picture he directed, 1958’s “Touch of Evil,” stands testament to that fact. While the shoot itself went well, the film ran into its issues in post, leaving a truncated version that Welles wasn’t a part of (nor happy with) released on the bottom of…

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  • Wes Ball

    ★★★★★ Added by Wes Ball 2

    30 Day Film Challenge Day Twenty-Seven: Your Favorite Classic Film.

    Come on, read my future for me!
    You haven't got any.
    Hmm? What do you mean?
    Your future's all used up.

    As much as I love Orson Welles's undeniable classic, Citizen Kane, I confess that I love Touch of Evil quite a bit more. Perhaps it's the noir aspect that really draws me in. Or maybe it's just the crime genre in general. Whatever it is, Touch of Evil is…

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  • TddddK

    ★★★★½ Rewatched by TddddK 18 Apr, 2015

    Orson Welles' Touch Of Evil is an indisputable masterpiece of style, mood and atmosphere. It also has a pretty dumb plot and several elements that have aged terribly, including white actors in brownface, hysterical representations of "reefer" usage, and stripper joints where the strippers are fully clothed. Nevertheless the film is a feast for the eyes, from the celebrated long-takes of the opening assassination and apartment interrogation, to the nearly surreal fever-pitch of the wiretapping finale.

    Welles is extraordinary as…

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  • Samuel Márquez Rosado

    ★★★★ Watched by Samuel Márquez Rosado 16 Apr, 2015

    Otra de esas obras magnas de Orson Welles dentro del cine negro que nos deja claro que este director sabía que la cámara estaba ahí para algo más que grabar imágenes. Sabía usarla como una herramienta para contarnos detalles, para ensalzar sensaciones, para describir personajes, para crear tensión (menudo plano secuencia inicial).

    No por ello podemos olvidarnos de la espléndida historia, repleta de giros, y que nos muestra los más oscuros rincones de la psique humana y hasta que punto…

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  • Scorcm83

    ★★★★½ Watched by Scorcm83 20 Apr, 2015

    Orson Welles frappe très fort avec "La Soif du Mal". A la manière d'un Citizen Kane, le film est une nouvelle fois en avance sur son temps. D'une part au niveau de la mise en scène, de part le choix de courtes focales, de mouvements de caméra ambitieux et d'un montage ultra rythmé. D'autre part au niveau du jeu d'acteur, beaucoup de second degré et d'auto dérision, en particulier venant du personnage d'Orson Welles lui même. Et enfin par rapport…

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  • JPC

    ★★★½ Added by JPC

    Curioso. Un inicio arrollador y un reparto espectacular auguran lo mejor, pero luego unas situaciones y diálogos tremendamente ingenuos acaban siendo el contrapunto negativo, alejándola de lo mejor del género.

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  • Ross Birks

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Ross Birks 13 Apr, 2015

    Stark, virtuoso filmmaking from the king Orson Welles. I love his performance as Hank Quinlan. His commitment to being portrayed as fat, disgusting and horrible is pretty extraordinary. He gives himself the most unflattering angles and every frame struggles to contain his bulging size.

    The racial underpinnings are way ahead of their time even if Heston's turn as a hispanic cop is still troublesome. I've only ever seen the '98 restored cut but it packs one hell of a punch.…

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  • Riccardo Porta

    ★★★★★ Watched by Riccardo Porta 13 Apr, 2015

    It's difficoult to know to be always right but not to have the evidences to prove that. It's frustrating. Therefore, since you know you can't wrong, the only possibility to make anybody else believe in you is cheating.
    The biggest doubt is if you are good or if you are evil.

    Touch Of Evil shows this ethical dilemma in the person of Hank Quinlan, a well-known captain of police, with an infallible intuition, who only wants to see the criminals…

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  • Reece Leonard

    ★★★★★ Added by Reece Leonard

    Wells is the undisputed master of American filmmaking and here his technical prowess is on full display; his roving camera, the extreme use of shadow, the fluid and hypnotic editing capture the spirit of noir itself. Wells' performance as the larger-than-life Quinlan who's sunk into the filth of corruption (quite literally, by the film's conclusion) after decades of stagnation in a police outfit on the Mexican-American border, an all-encompasing symbol for one of the auteur's most thoroughly explored narrative themes;…

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  • Alexis Romero

    ★★★★½ Added by Alexis Romero

    Uhm, totally dig.

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  • Cipriano

    ★★★★½ Watched by Cipriano 08 Apr, 2015

    A great film by Orson Welles. His style is highly appealing, the sequence shot at the beginning, the extraordinary photography, composition of shots or his usual low angle shot. All of that surrounded by a story about honesty and self-destruction with such typical pessimistic aroma of film noir.

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  • Troy Carruthers

    ★★½ Watched by Troy Carruthers 07 Apr, 2015

    Maybe Heston annoyed me too much. Maybe I was too confused with the plot. But I really wasn't all that impressed with this film. Though I will say that I loved the opening long single shot scene.

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