You can Watch Now or Download the video to a , except for Pay-Per-View videos. It's almost as though the kiss between the Mexican character and the woman from Philadelphia sets off racial tensions. Police Chief Pete Gould and District Attorney Adair arrive on the scene, followed by the game-legged police captain Hank Quinlan and Quinlan's longtime partner, Pete Menzies —who clearly worships Quinlan. This little egg timer is set for precisely three and a half minutes. The final scenes have him fleeing through a deserted house with his undead tormentor in pursuit. Quinlan then shoots Menzies with Vargas's gun, which he had earlier stolen from Vargas's briefcase.
We rehearsed two weeks prior to shooting, which was unusual. Usually he started his re-writes as soon as the day's or night's shooting was done and finished his re-writing in time for the next day's work. Book chapter on Orson Welles and Touch of Evil. We can think of it as a geographic Twilight Zone. The second transfer is for both the Theatrical Release version and the longer Preview Version, which simply adds another 13 minutes of footage.
Audio Commentary: Reconstructed 1998 Version Commentary with Reconstruction Producer Rick Schmidlin: In his solo commentary, Rick Schmidlin recounts in great detail the lengthy history of his efforts to interest Universal Studio in reconstructing the film in accordance with Orson Welles's Memo and his subsequent work with Editor Walter Murch on the 1998 reconstruction version. When Susie wakes up, she sees Grandi's dead body, screams for help, and is arrested on suspicion of murder. It's a place of bars, strip clubs and brothels, where music spills onto the street from every club. Everyone awaits the arrival of Sheriff Hank Quinlan Welles , a massive, sweaty, rumbling figure who looms over the camera. Universal was keen to secure Heston for the lead, but he wanted the studio to confirm the director before he signed on.
Starring Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh and Orson Welles, this dark portrait of corruption and morally compromised obsessions tells the story of a crooked police chief who frames a Mexican youth as part of an intricate criminal plot. Audio Commentary: Reconstructed 1998 Version Commentary with Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh, and Reconstruction Producer Rick Schmidlin: The two stars of the film share their memories of working with Welles, while Rick Schmidlin alternates between pointing out specific changes and prompting the actors with questions about their experience. Welles wanted to seize every moment. While concentrating on the corrupt policeman however, the Grandis have their own plans for Vargas and they start with his wife Susie. Welles originally intended that the music blasting from the cantinas would create a surf of sound and atmosphere for that see the 1998 Restoration cut where those intentions are scrupulously honored. As he reels out the door, Quinlan is confronted by Menzies, who begins asking questions about the Grandi murder while, nearby, Vargas records the conversation.
Nobody could tell when he was sleeping. Schwartz arrives at the scene and tells Vargas that the planted dynamite was unnecessary because Sanchez confessed to the crime. The A-movie was , starring , produced by Albert Zugsmith and directed by Harry Keller, whom the studio had hired to direct the re-shot material in Touch of Evil. Welles brought great style to his movies, embracing excess in his life and work as the price and reward of his freedom. By then, the executives were thrilled with each day's rushes, so they pretty much left him alone. You can see that dawn is breaking. Meanwhile, Quinlan arrives at Grandi's hotel and enters the room where Susan lies naked and unconscious, the smell of marijuana clinging to the clothing strewn about the floor.
Small but effective performances from Zsa Zsa Gabor! They interrogate Sanchez in his apartment with Vargas present. Welles later said she had only asked Universal to inform her on what was being done, and when she was ignored she told the Cannes Festival that the restoration was not sanctioned by the Welles Estate. The argument is interrupted when Quinlan hears the sound of their voices on Vargas' tape and finally realizes that Menzies is wired. Zugsmith offered him a pile of scripts, of which Welles asked for the worst to prove he could make a great film out of a bad script. Welles screened the new cut and wrote a 58-page memo to Universal's head of production, Edward Muhl, detailing what he thought needed to be done to make the film work. It's a perfect counterpoint to the sensuous muscularity of the camerawork and the very precise criss-crossing of all the people; an enormous operation.
Hank Quinlan, rudely rebuffs Vargas' offer and makes subtly racist remarks. Ticking tension takes a ride. The three-minute-plus shot opens with an unseen figure planting a bomb in a car, follows the car through the border town's streets, picks up Heston and wife Janet Leigh as they cross the border and ends as they kiss, and the bomb explodes off-screen. A fine cast more than match the coruscating material: Charlton Heston untypically restrained in Mexican garb strikes the right note of outrage in the face of judicial perversion and there is fine support not only from Janet Leigh but strong contributions from Marlene Dietrich, a young Dennis Weaver, and Joseph Celleia as Hank Quinlan's devoted partner. Given the two transfers, you may see minor differences here and there as some viewers have noted in various forums.
It was at this point that Keller came aboard: some of his material was entirely new, others replaced Welles's scenes. . Welles always wanted our input. Unable to reach Susan by phone, Vargas finally makes it to the motel to find the night clerk sitting in the dark and seemingly speechless with fear. And he inexplicably leaves the radio turned up, so Quinlan can hear the echo of his own voice. When he goes to Susie's motel, but cannot find her, Vargas learns the motel is owned by Grandi, and that his handgun has been stolen.
It's missing about six minutes of material Welles would have preferred to include. To his astonishment, Welles collected the two top awards. Grandi approaches Quinlan to suggest that they work together to ruin Vargas and after Quinlan has downed several drinks at Grandi's prodding, they plot to destroy Vargas professionally and personally by framing Susan. Menzies reveals to Vargas that he discovered Quinlan's cane at the murder scene. Of the three versions that exist of Touch of Evil this is the fastest-paced, the most energetic. While passing through the seedy border town of Los Robles, newlyweds Mike and Susan Vargas witness a car bomb explosion in which Rudy Linnekar, a local construction magnate, and his female companion are killed.