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 Touch of Evil

Directed by Orson Welles

Written by Orson Welles, from the novel by Whit Masterson

U.S.A., 1958

Touted as one of the greatest films of all time, let alone one of the greatest American films of all time, Touch of Evil has had the misfortune of being bastardized by the studio system, in this case Universal Studios. The studio was far from content with the original cut the director Welles showed them. Certain scenes were re-shot, re-edited, re-whatever you can think of. Welles was most displeased with the fruit of the studio’s efforts and went as far as to write a lengthy memo which included a series of demands. The current article shan’t delve too much on these events given the amount of literature already available on the topic, but suffice to say that there are  today 3 different versions of Touch of Evil.

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