|Fig 1 - Touch of Evil Poster|
Touch of Evil happens to be my first introduction to Orson Welles, which feels somewhat statistically unlikely considering his vigorous activity, which saw him performing in at least one film every year for over fifty, with few hiatuses to speak of. Of course, his name is of cinematic legend today, with the words Citizen Kane (1941) often prefacing the notion of something 'perfect' in it's highly regarded status as one of the greatest films in history. In the case of Touch of Evil, I was pretty mesmerised by Welles' performance, not least because his face was obscured by prosthetics and makeup to the point where I wasn't sure it was even him. Incidentally, it seems to have been quite a staple of his to physically embody his roles using outlandish fake noses and beards. However in this case, Welles was forced to 'age himself up' in order to clinch the role as the corrupt alcoholic Hank Quinlan, whose disheveled appearance, world-weary attitude and uneasy footing make him perfectly believable as a character.
|Fig 2 - Touch of Evil - Hank Quinlan|
Overall I found Touch of Evil to be a very watchable crime drama, primarily elevated by it's central performances. There isn't a whole lot to chew on in terms of thematic depth, but it delivers on the solid mystery vengeance story that it's poster boasts and achieves some really great visuals in the process. I certainly look forward to exploring more of Welles' work in the future.
Fig. 1 Touch of Evil Poster (1958) From: Touch of Evil - Directed by: Orson Welles
Fig. 2 Touch of Evil Screenshot (1958) From: Touch of Evil - Directed by: Orson Welles