PHCL Film Show presents Film Show: On Sale Now
Restored version of Welles’ pulp-town classic
Touch of Evil
Starring Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh & Orson Welles
Directed by Orson Welles
Introduced by Walter Murch
USA 1958 / 1998 109 minutes
Orson Welles’ final American film has achieved cult status as “The Greatest B Movie of all time”. Nevertheless, the distributed version was a far cry from his intentions. The studio re-edited the film, re-shot scenes, and shot new exposition scenes to clarify the plot. Welles famously wrote a 58-page memo outlining his objections and suggesting changes, in which he asserted that the film was no longer his. Nearly 40 years later, long after Welles death, the legendary film and sound editor Walter Murch (The Godfather, Apocalypse Now, The English Patient) was invited to cut a revised version of the film based on Welles’ memo and other notes. The result is as near as we shall ever get to Welles’ own “director’s cut” of this dark and edgy crime drama set in a Mexican border town.
PHCL is proud to present this restored version of Touch of Evil with a specially extended introduction from Walter Murch himself. He will tell the story of how the film was re-made in what promises to be a fascinating insight into the process of film editing from one of its great practitioners.
Please Note Starting Times:
Doors open 7.00pm, Introduction 7.30pm, Film 8.00pm £8.00 including glass of wine. Tickets, up to two per person, on sale at the Library, Sharpleshall Street, NW1 8YN (on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays) or on the door.