Touch of Evil

Touch of Evil

The 1958 Orson Welles film, Touch of Evil, is analyzed from a filmmaker’s perspective. Unfortunately, there is little new information here. It reads like a master’s thesis regarding other’s writers’ analyses of the film. 10% of the book is the Notes section referencing other sources. Another 5% of the book is an extensive bibliography.

This book would be useful for beginning film students. It would also be interesting for fans of the movie, Touch of Evil. However, I wanted a more in depth study of the time when the movie was made. Don’t just tell me a bi-racial couple or a Mexican policeman as a hero was shocking. Show me the context of American culture at the time of the movie’s creation. 3 stars.

Thanks to British Film Institute, Bloomsbury Academic, and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.

I suggest you read the much better entry in this series on Rosemary’s Baby, which I rated 5 stars.

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