Charlton Heston plays a Mexican. Biker gangs conduct sordid business at a rundown motel. Orson Welles, sweaty and stubbled, redefines corrupt cop. Also, one of the best long takes in the history of cinema. These are some of the components of Touch of Evil, a film so outrageously excessive that it effectively killed noir, forcing the genre to resurrect itself as neo-noir. Film history aside, Touch of Evil demands to be seen for the sheer spectacle of its disparate parts.

Tomorrow, Metro Classics presents the 1998 reedit of the film, the version closest to what Welles imagined before the studio took a machete to his original cut.

Touch of Evil (1958)
Wednesday, March 16
6:45 and 9:15 p.m.
Metro
4500 9th Ave NE, Seattle