I have had 'Touch of Evil' sitting on shelf since I was still in college. I remember my film studies teacher telling me about film noir and this spurred me on to find more films to watch. I bought it, got excited about, got distracted by other film noir films (feels silly writing that) and its just been sitting on my shelf for 7 years.
'Touch of Evil', heralded as one of Orson Welles best films and as of the greatest thrillers, before seeing it I knew three things which it is famous for:
1. The opening tracking shot, no cuts for 3 minutes 20 seconds. Many other films have paid homage to this
2. Charton Heston plays a Mexican police officer - let that sink in
3. The various cuts of the film, especially the cuts that Welles originally wanted
I do feel that I waited too long to see the film as I think if I has seen it years ago, I would have been bowled over by the edit alone but now you really need a story that makes sense for me to fall in love with it.
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