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Touch of Evil

Touch of Evil

Touch of Evil

1958 / 111min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: ORSON WELLES

CAST: MARLENE DIETRICH, CHARLTON HESTON, JANET LEIGH, ORSON WELLES

It’s not the size of the part, but what you do with it. Playing a brothel keeper in a seedy border town in Welles’s magnificently baroque late noir, Dietrich only has a clutch of lines, but they’re the ones you remember, whether her famous requiem for crooked cop Hank Quinlan, or her reading of his “fortune”: “Your future’s all used up.” Bold and self-evidently brilliant, you could use Touch of Evil to explain the concept of great cinema to a visiting Martian.

Touch of Evil is part of the series Marlene. Click here for more info.