After tackling one of his movie resolutions last week (Requiem for a Dream, which you can read by clicking right here), unstoppable movie blogger MovieRob decided to stop by once again today to cross another film off of his list. So what’s in store for today? Let’s find out! Take it away, Rob!
“A policeman’s job is only easy in a police state. ” – Ramon Miguel “Mike” Vargas
Well, here we are again reviewing s new movie for Cara’s Resolutions. Thanks again to Cara for hosting such a wonderful idea!
Despite having seen lots (to put it lightly) of movies in my lifetime, there are still many classic movies that I’ve never gotten around to watching despite being curious as to whether I’d like them or not.
A Touch of Evil is one of those movies.
Orson Welles was an actor and director who half of Hollywood loved and half hated. Those feelings are still split after more than half a century.
Some had lauded him as the greatest filmmaker ever while others find his movies boring and watch them only when they have bouts of insomnia.
I must admit that I saw Citizen Kane only once (about 8 years ago) and actually dozed off in the middle. I’m still baffled that it is deemed as one of the best movies ever. Perhaps, I will watch it again one of these days.
Welles was known for wanting complete control of his movies while the studios always fought him on it.
Touch of Evil is a great example of his constant fighting with the studios.
He was actually fired after this movie was finished and the studio made the final cut. Welles wrote a 58 page letter explaining why the studio cut was wrong and how he thought it should be cut. It took almost 4 decades until his cut of the movie saw the light of day.
One of the things that people discuss when talking about this movie is the opening scene which is a 3.5 minutes track shot. It truly is an amazing shot and manages to get the viewer interested right from the start.
Unfortunately, the rest of the movie isn’t as gripping as that first scene.
The plot is ok, but gets convoluted along the way before straightening itself out towards the end.
Charlton Heston is ok here, but the star is clearly the director himself since he chose to also play the county sheriff who tries to solve the case while still hindering the investigation at the same time.
This movie is a great example of a story about the fine line between officers of the law and criminals.
This movie is good, but I think the controversy surrounding the movie takes away from the impact it could have had.
Globe Worthy 7/10
Well, I’m glad to see this one was more well-received than your last one, Rob! Honestly, I’m always surprised when you manage to find anything you haven’t watched yet… 😉 More Resolutions coming soon!