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Touch of evil

By: Deming, Richard (Yale University, USA)

Part of the BFI Film Classics series
1844579492 / 9781844579495
Paperback
791.4372
28/05/2020
Stock expected by 02/06/2020
England
24 cm 104 pages : illustrations (black and white)
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Orson Welles' classic 1958 noir movie Touch of Evil, the story of a corrupt police chief in a small town on the Mexican-American border, starring Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh and Marlene Dietrich, is widely recognised as one of the greatest noir films of Classical Hollywood cinema.

Richard Deming's study of the film considers it as an outstanding example of the noir genre and explores its complex relationship to its source novel, Badge of Evil by Whit Masterson.

He traces the film's production history, and provides an insightful close analysis of its key scenes, including its famous opening sequence, a single take in which the camera follows a booby-trapped car on its journey through city streets and across the border.

BIC:

APF Films, cinema, APFA Film theory & criticism

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