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The new version of Touch of Evil by Orson Welles is presented at the 17th FICM

By: Gustavo R. Gallardo

A new version of the film Touch of Evil (1958) by Orson Welles, was presented at the 17th Morelia International Film Festival (FICM), in the presence of the former president of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, John Bailey, and the Festival director, Daniela Michel.

“John Bailey is an excellent cinematographer so it is a great luxury that we have him presenting this film,” said Daniela Michel.

Daniela Michel

Daniela Michel

Touch of evil is a harsh and perverse story of murder, kidnapping and police corruption in a border city between Mexico and the United States.
“The scene that opens this film is very famous, it lasts 3:20 minutes, where the film and the characters are introduced. In the original version the credits were presented on this scene, but in the restored version these credits were removed,” said John Bailey.

He added that this film was the first in which Orson Welles appears as his character Hank Quinlan: “You will really love it when you see him. For me it is the best appearance of a main character in any American film ever made, so enjoy this nightmare of a film!”

John Bailey

John Bailey