BFI FIlm Classics: Touch of Evil (Paperback)

BFI FIlm Classics: Touch of Evil (Paperback)

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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.


“Engaging… It combines a blow-by-blow account of the thriller's troubled production with a thoughtful rebuttal to Paul Schrader's description of it as “film noir's epitaph”, while Orson Welles' shadow inevitably looms large.” ―Total Film

“[The] BFI Film Classics… make a welcome return with Richard Deming's excellent study of A Touch of Evil. Orson Welles's 1958 noir is justly celebrated by film aficionados, though its meandering plot has puzzled many viewers. Deming's book is a fine guide for the perplexed” ―The Best American Poetry blog

  • Publisher : British Film Institute (May 28, 2020)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 104 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1844579492
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1844579495
  • Item Weight : 6 ounces
  • Dimensions : 5.67 x 0.17 x 8.12 inches

All copies are new.