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Film festival ends on evil note


Touch of Evil with Orson Welles

The Grandview Public Library's "Man, That's Cold! - Noir Film Festival" ends this  week with one of the top noir films of the late 50s. 

Finishing off the festival is the 1958 Orson Welles noir, Touch of Evil.  Starring Charleston Heston, Janet Leigh and Welles, the story takes us to a U.S./Mexico border town were corruption and murder rule.

Honeymooners Mike and Susan Vargas (Heston and Leigh) witness a murder and get wound up with corrupt police Captain Quinlan, played by Welles.

Touch of Evil is considered to be one of the last movies to be considered film noir and it's opening sequence alone is a testament to the genius of Orson Welles. 

The film was shot in 1958 and was re-edited in 1998 after a 58 page memo from Welles to the studio was found.  The 1998 version is the version that Welles originally wanted and the DVD is now labeled as a Director's Cut.

If you missed any of the films shown at the festival be sure to check them out on DVD:

January 4:  The Asphalt Jungle (1950) A jewel heist gone wrong.  Starring Sterling Hayden, with a then unknown Marilyn Monroe.  Directed by John Huston.  Nominated for four Oscars.

January 11:  The Killers (1946)  An investigator unravels the mystery of a small-town murder.  Burt Lancaster's film debut, with Ava Gardner.  Based on an Ernest Hemmingway story.

January 18:  "Scram.  We're taking a week off"

January 25:  Ace in the Hole (1951)  An unscrupulous reporter spins a story out of control.  Starring Kirk Douglas.  Written, produced and directed by Billy Wilder.

February 1:  Touch of Evil (1958)  Honeymooners battle police corruption in a Mexican town.  Written, directed and starring Orson Welles, with Charlton Heston and Janet Leigh.

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Please note that all shows start promptly at 6:30pm, since the Library now closes at 8:30pm.  All movies are shown in large-screen digital projection.


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