Certified Classics: Touch of Evil
“That wasn’t no miss, Vargas. That was just to turn you ’round, so I don’t have to shoot you in the back. Unless you’d rather run for it.”
With Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh and Orson Welles.
Orson Welles is often credited for revolutionizing filmmaking with Citizen Kane. This masterpiece of film noir is quite ahead of its time as well. I’d never seen a movie this old that handled the subject of dirty cops and police corruption to the extent that Touch of Evil does. It’s a precursor of sorts to more modern movies like The French Connection or even Training Day. Welles does such a brilliant job of weaving together all the different facets of the investigation, and does a pretty damn awesome job of acting in it as well. Looking at the guy, it’s hard to believe he had the energy to do all that. What really confused me, though, was the fact that Charlton Heston’s character was a Mexican. It took me about 30 minutes to figure that out. I guess all you need to do is throw a mustache on Ben-Hur, and BOOM… you got a Mexican.
RIYL: No Country for Old Men, The Third Man, L.A. Confidential.