Athens International Film Festival

TOUCH OF EVIL

27/09/2021, 22:30, AEGLI ZAPPION
3/10/2021, 18:30, DANAOS

An explosive (literally) exquisitely choreographed single-take, which continues to inspire innumerable significant directors to this day, is the curtain-raiser to what is often referred to as the top noir film of all times and according to some the last of its kind. At the borders between the USA and Mexico, Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh and Orson Welles become the pulp fallen heroes in a riveting story of corruption and revenge, characterised by its chiaroscuro lighting and Henry Mancini’s sardonic music.


 USA | 1958 | B&W | DCP | 95’ | ENGLISH, SPANISH

A car-bomb explodes at the border of USA and Mexico. Mexican prosecutor Miguel Vargas is on his honeymoon with his American wife and soon realizes that the investigation of officer Hank Quinlan shows decades of corruption. To describe this film as an ‘exemplary crime film” would mean that there are more like this. But there aren’t.

One of the untrodden tops in Welles filmography, a radical film of amazing rhythm, phenomenal dialogue realism and historical meetings. The classic (Welles, Dietrich) meets the (then) aspiring classic (Heston), Welles is unrecognisable, he amplifies the distorted indifference of another authoritative figure of his, while the feeling of the border is vertiginous. Henry Mancini’s soundtrack becomes the humours but not funny contrast. Unique. I.D.

DIRECTOR: Orson Welles
SCREENWRITER: Orson Welles
DoP: Russell Metty
MUSIC: Henry Mancini
EDITORS: Virgil Vogel, Aaron Stell
PRINCIPAL CAST: Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh, Orson Welles, Joseph Calleia, Akim Tamiroff, Marlene Dietrich, Zsa Zsa Gabor


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        MR. ARKADIN

        MR. ARKADIN

        23/09/2021, 19:30, DANAOS
        27/09/2021, 20:00, GREEK FILM ARCHIVE

        OTHELLO

        OTHELLO

        23/09/2021, 22:00, RIVIERA
        25/09/2021, 22:30, GREEK FILM ARCHIVE

        THE STRANGER

        THE STRANGER

        24/09/2021, 22:00, GREEK FILM ARCHIVE
        30/09/2021, 22:15, STELLA

        THE TRIAL

        THE TRIAL

        24/09/2021, 22:30, TRIANON
        28/09/2021, 22:00, RIVIERA

        TOO MUCH JOHNSON

        TOO MUCH JOHNSON

        25/09/2021, 17:00, DANAOS
        1/10/2021, 19:45, STELLA

        THE IMMORTAL STORY / UNE HISTOIRE IMMORTELLE

        THE IMMORTAL STORY / UNE HISTOIRE IMMORTELLE

        25/09/2021, 17:00, DANAOS
        1/10/2021, 19:45, STELLA

        CITIZEN KANE

        CITIZEN KANE

        25/09/2021, 20:00, IDEAL

        MACBETH

        MACBETH

        26/09/2021, 18:30, IDEAL
        30/09/2021, 20:00, GREEK FILM ARCHIVE

        CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT / CAMPANADAS A MEDIANOCHE

        CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT / CAMPANADAS A MEDIANOCHE

        26/09/2021, 22:15, GREEK FILM ARCHIVE
        3/10/2021, 21:30, TRIANON

        THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI

        THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI

        28/09/2021, 20:00, AEGLI ZAPPION
        2/10/2021, 17:00, IDEAL

        THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS

        THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS

        29/09/2021, 19:00, DANAOS
        3/10/2021, 19:30, TRIANON

        F FOR FAKE

        F FOR FAKE

        29/09/2021, 22:00, TRIANON
        2/10/2021, 21:30, STELLA