For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, Dec. 26, 2014

Arguably Orson Welles' last great writing-directing effort, "Touch of Evil" (1958, b/w) opens with a mesmerizing 3-1/2 minute how-did-they-do-that? tracking shot that follows Charlton Heston and Janet Leigh as they walk through a U.S.-Mexico border town, while also taking note of someone planting a time bomb in a car.

It's an amazing opening to a film that grips you and doesn't let go, a classic south-of-the-border film noir that has Heston as a Mexican drug-enforcement official on his honeymoon when he becomes involved in dirty politics, police corruption and an array of colorful characters played by Marlene Dietrich, Akim Tamiroff, Dennis Weaver, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Keenan Wynn, Joseph Cotton, Mercedes McCambridge and most notably, Welles himself.


        Charlton Heston, Orson Welles, 'Touch of Evil'

This is also a film that benefits greatly from being seen on a theater screen, and thanks to the latest cycle of classic films playing at the Tower Theater, you can do just that.

"Touch of Evil" will show Friday-Thursday, Dec. 26-Jan. 1, at noon each day and at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, at the Tower Theater in Salt Lake City.