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Film Noir & Early Hollywood: Touch Of Evil

Orson Welles

Crime, Film Noir, Gangster, Thriller

EnglishUSA1958111 min


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Screens Tuesday, January 9th at 7:15pm at the Sie FilmCenter
FREE for DFS Members, $5 for Non-Member guests, $7 for Non-Members
Don't miss January's lecture: Film Noir, An Immigrant Affair on January 23rd

When a bomb is planted in a car traveling north across the US-Mexican border, Mexican drug enforcement official Miguel Vargas (Charlton Heston) interrupts his honeymoon and joins American Police Captain Hank Quinlan (Orson Welles) to investigate. As the case unravels, he begins to suspect that Quinlan is not the model officer he appears to be, a realization that will place both Miguel and his new bride (Janet Leigh) in danger. Written and directed by Welles, this classic film is heralded as another stylistic triumph.

In the 1940s, film studios introduced an entirely new film genre to American audiences. Filled with murder, corruption and despair, and populated with detectives and femme fatales, the films that came to be defined as Film Noir grew into enduring and iconic classics. Today, these hard-boiled tales are just as fascinating and entertaining as when they first premiered more than a half-century ago.
The Denver Film Society is excited to present a collection of some of the best American noir classics, kicking off with the film that many suggest marked the genre’s end point (Touch of Evil) and working backward to showcase hallmarks of the form (The Big Sleep and Double Indemnity). The films, featuring career-defining roles by some of Hollywood’s biggest stars, including: Lauren Bacall, Orson Welles, Humphrey Bogart, Barbara Stanwyck, Janet Leigh, and Edward G. Robinson, are cinematic treats, not to be missed on the big screen.
Along with these monthly screenings, DFS will also present a series of lectures by local film scholars that provide additional context and insights into the early American cinema. Lectures include an introduction to film noir, its history, impact and influences; a discussion about how Hollywood helped shape attitudes about the female body; and a presentation on the history of censorship and the Hays code in Hollywood. All screenings and lectures in this series take place at the Sie FilmCenter and are free for members, and just $7 for non-members.

Editor: Walter Murch (1998 re-edit), Aaron Stell, Virgil W. Vogel | Cinematographer: Russell Metty | Screenwriter: Orson Welles
Cast: Charlton Heston, Orson Welles, Janet Leigh