Winter Nights Film Series: Touch of Evil

The Indianapolis Museum of Art’s Winter Night Film Series continues on Friday, January 29, 2010 with the Orson Welles classic Touch of Evil. This Indianapolis art event is $15.00 for Indianapolis people, $10.00 for members of the Indianapolis art museum and $11.00 for Indianapolis kids with a valid student ID. Touch of Evil at the Indianapolis Museum of Art begins at 7:00 pm in the Tobias Theatre.

Considered one of the most classic film noir of all time, Touch of Evil was Orson Welles’ final Hollywood studio film. The film is peppered with a star-studded cast including Orson Welles, Charleston Heston, Janet Leigh and Marlene Dietrich. It opens with a three and half minute tracking shot, considered by many critics to be one of the greatest long takes in cinematic history.

The film, released in 1958, centers around a Mexican-American border town filled to the brim with racists and opportunists. Orson Welles leads the cast as the corrupt Captain Hank Quinlan on the case of a bomb which exploded a car just as it cross the border into the United States. Heston plays Miguel “Mike” Vargas, a Mexican narcotics officer recently married to Susie Vargas (Janet Leigh). As the plot unfolds, the corruption of the police force in this inconsequential town comes to light with plenty of twists and turns to keep you on the edge of your seat.

With a shadow filled cinematography and a score by Henry Mancini, Touch of Evil is a crime thriller for all time. It explores the nature of good versus evil with  “hallucinatory verve.” The IMA will screen the 1998 re-released and restored version of the film in 35 mm. Changes made from the original are based on a detailed memo from Welles to the studio after the original cut.

Video: Touch of Evil Trailer, at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana


This Indianapolis event will be preceded by a lecture from Peter Bogdanovich, author of This is Orson Welles. Bogdanovich is an actor, director and author with an expertise in Welles’ artistic legacy. After the film stick around for a question and answer session with Indiana University Emeritus Professor of Film Studies James Naremore. Naremore, who wrote The Magic World of Orson Welles, will join Bogdanovich for an informal conversation with the audience.

Touch of Evil runs 112 minutes and is rated PG-13. For additional information about this Indianapolis community event at the IMA, visit their official website.

Head to the nearby Indianapolis cultural district, Broad Ripple Village, for dinner before the show at any of these great Indianapolis restaurants. After the show keep the discussion going over drinks at any of these Indianapolis bars in Indianapolis downtown. Stay tuned to Fun City for all the latest on fun things to do in Indianapolis. Make the Circle City your playground.

Touch of Evil
Friday, January 29, 2010 at 7:00 pm

Indianapolis Museum of Art

4000 Michigan Rd
Indianapolis, IN 46208