Rare 1958 interview with Orson Welles after seeing ‘Touch of Evil’ for the first time.
“As time has gone by, though, ‘Touch of Evil’ has acquired a large cult following, and it now regularly appears on lists of the best films of the century. What is not generally known is that the film never accurately reflected Welles’s intentions for it. In July 1957, the studio took over the editing of the film and prevented him from participating in its completion. In an odd turn of events, however, a 58-page memo that Welles wrote in 1957 was recently rediscovered, and a small team on which I was film editor and sound mixer has used that remarkable document to bring ‘Touch of Evil’ as close as possible to Welles’s original concept.” —Walter Murch, 1998.
A close look behind the scenes of the classic Orson Welles vehicle ‘Touch of Evil’ (1958) revealing detailed information about the production and filming process, discussed by actors Charlton Heston and Janet Leigh, restoration producer Rick Schmidlin, crew members and film historians.
Read, learn, & absorb: ‘Touch of Evil,’ revised final screenplay by Orson Welles [pdf]. (NOTE: For educational purposes only)
Below: rare color photo of Orson Welles during the production of the famous opening long take from ‘Touch of Evil,’ one of the greatest long takes in cinematic history.
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