Film Review – Touch of Evil

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Touch of Evil

1958

Director: Orson Welles

Usually credited as being one of the final entries in the original era of film noir, Touch of Evil stands out as being one the darkest and most sinister noirs of them all. Co-written, co-starring and directed by Orson Welles (known for other noirs including The Third Man and The Lady from Shanghai, as well as a little-known filled called Citizen Kane…), it is a story into corruption and the abuse of power set amongst a Cold-War era backdrop of racial tension and suspicion set in a small town on the Mexican border.

The law protects the guilty as well as the innocent…a policeman’s job is only easy in a police state, that’s the whole point, Captain – who’s the boss, the cop or the law?”

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