Re: RARA-AVIS: Touch of Evil

Date: 03 Mar 2005

miker wrote:

"I just saw this movie for the first time last night. Guess it wasn't exactly like the original, director's cut or some such nonsense."

If it had ambient sound instead of theme music during the long opening shot, you saw the semi-recent re-edited version. However, from there it gets complcated. The original release was most definitely not the
"director's cut." The studio pulled Welles from the project before he had shot everything he wanted to and cut a movie from what they had. For the reissue, Walter Murch recut the movie according to Welles's notes extensive about how he would have liked the movie cut (obviously, Murch could not add the scenes Welles never got to shoot). Many of the changes are relatively small, but some echo in very different ways. Great movie either way, once you get past the idea of Charlton Heston as a Mexican cop.

"Loved Orson Welles. Who was the good-looking cantina girl, sorta opposite Orson?"

If you're talking about the older cantina woman who has the last words about Welles's character, it's Marlene Dietrich.


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