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La soif du mal

Touch of Evil

Réalisé par Orson Welles
États-Unis, 1958
Policier, Thriller, Film noir


Une bombe explose et fait deux victimes à Los Robles, petite ville à la frontière des Etats-Unis et du Mexique. Deux policiers, dont l’un utilise des méthodes peu orthodoxes, s’affrontent dans leur conception de la justice.

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La soif du mal Réalisé par Orson Welles
Hank Quinlan is such a fabulous character, one of the greatest in cinema. . . . Look at the way his face lights up when he suddenly hears the pianola from the bordello run by Marlene Dietrich’s character. It is almost like a Rosebud moment. The memory of one good thing he had but lost, in this case his relationship, such as it were, with her. Only in this case even the memory of the thing he lost is unwholesome.
October 19, 2018
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Over time Touch of Evil has become for many of us an anthology of its greatest moments: the long, unbroken first take memorably discussed in The Player and imitated all over the place; Marlene Dietrich’s presence as the sour, weary owner of a nightclub and ultimately the conscience of the film; Dennis Weaver’s incarnation of the crazy night man at the desert motel, a prefiguration of Anthony Perkins in Psycho and every other damaged person who ever had to look after a register and hand out keys.
July 22, 2015
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The giddy constellation of eccentric side players and slum-like locations coalesce to form a story that often comes across as contrived. But it’s only by its tremendous, surreal climax that you realise that this is pure character study and not some wantonly outlandish noir- thriller in which everything ties up in a neat bow.
July 10, 2015
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