"Touch of Evil" (with post-film lecture)

This fall the Siskel Film Center is having a series on American Cinema in the 50s, and on the 4th, they're showing Orson Welles' "Touch of Evil".  The film manages to be both deliriously seedy yet rich, complex, and even epic (especially during its much-heralded opening 3-minute tracking shot).

Not only will the movie provide many questions and topics for discussion, but we may even get some answers, since there will be a lecture on the movie after the screening by Fred Camper, an artist and film critic for the Chicago Reader.  So if you've ever wondered why Orson Welles wanted to wear a fat suit for the movie, why Marlene Dietrich made an appearance, or how Charlton Heston got to play a Mexican detective, now's your chance to find out!

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  • Jimmy O.

    I just had ID badges with lanyards delivered and will be using one for the first time at today's Meetup. Hopefully this will help group members find each other and the Organizer at least. I'll bring a box to the 9.30 Meetup to distribute to anyone there who'd like one, and anyone reading this who won't be there can contact me about receiving one. These ID badges are blank so you can design your own around a "Meetup" or "CFDG" motif.

    September 8, 2012

  • Al

    Nice discussion both after the movie and after the excellent lecture. Too bad the organizer didn't do such a good job getting people together before the show. Who picked that guy?

    September 7, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I never did find the rest of you, but I like the idea of this group and hope to get together again soon.

    September 5, 2012

  • Jimmy O.

    Considering all the stars Universal buried in its b-movie marketing of this one, it really is a shame they didn't hire Ricardo Montalban to make a stronger social point--he'd been ideal as the lead in at least two great lower-budgeters, "My Man & I" & "Border Incident". Heston was so dorky and inappropriate with or without brownface...how many potentially great movies did he render merely excellent with his unintentionally campy cluelessness about the characters, square-jawed scenery-chewing and lack of chemistry with any other human actor? Touch of Evil, Ben-Hur, Soylent Green, Major Dundee, 55 Days at Peking...was there a worse athletic leading man to play those culturally nuanced, emotionally complex lead roles? Looking Mighty Good on a Horse does not excuse his casting in the last two flix.

    August 25, 2012

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