Pulp Fiction Thursday: Touch Of Evil

I’m really getting into the new FX border cop show, The Bridge. If y’all haven’t seen it, check it out. It, of course,has me thinking of the *ultimate* noir border cop film, Orson Welles’Touch Of Evil. It’s one of the few films wherein I can tolerate Charlton Heston. Why? His character is a pompous egomaniac. Talk about type casting.

Welles famously lost control of the movie, but it’s still a classic. My favorite parts of the film are the scenes between Welles and Marlene Dietrich. One of her lines “you a mess, honey”has been a catch phrase around my house for many moons, Kemosabe. Sorry for the brief Tonto relapse…


Here’s the legendary opening tracking shot:

2 thoughts on “Pulp Fiction Thursday: Touch Of Evil

  1. “Touch Of Evil” is a great movie. The plot is slightly complicated but full of humanity, mostly a very degraded humanity that saw much of the world truthfully; that took guts. Some of the movie’s images are those of nightmares. The scene of the assault of the Janet Leigh character was very upsetting; I was surprised a movie from 1958 was allowed to show an extreme close-up of a man’s face as he tells his half-dozen fellow thugs to “hold her legs.” That’s pretty damn explicit.
    There was also the epitaph by Dietrich’s character as Quinlan’s bloated body floats on a trash-strewn river: “He was some kind of a man. What does it matter what you say about people.” The movie lived in a world of despair, and this line articulated that despair beautifully.

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