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Life Abroad No. 3: Touch of Evil (1958)

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Touch of Evil Orson Welles

The version of Touch of Evil we screened was released in 1958, a corrective to the two previous cuts of the film. The heroic–artist myth of Welles career – the wunderkind miracle of Citizen Kane and followed in turn by the interference, compromise or collapse of every subsequent project – is founded upon the two opposing forces of Hollywood: the rampant studio, desperate for marketable product versus the perpetual innovator, the boy-genius. Welles has always been seen as too brilliant to contemplate mediocrity but constantly dragged down by failing to wrest final cut of his films back after the ‘failure’ of Citizen Kane.[1] Just as nostalgia is stirred most strongly for times we ourselves half-remember or long pre-date our existence, so Welles’s strongest advocates elevate him to the status of Olympian due to what is not available to us. In Welles’s cinema career, after the miracle of Kane

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