Howard Rodman on

Touch of Evil

Released 1958
Distributor Universal

About Touch of Evil

When top-billed Charlton Heston pushed for co-star Orson Welles to direct this late noir, nobody imagined it would emerge as one of the key works in the Welles canon despite being recut and partially reshot by Universal. His last Hollywood studio venture stacks up as probably Welles’ most popular picture  although in 1958 it was dumped into theaters as a second feature. Here’s F.X. Feeney with a great breakdown of Welles’ technique in Touch of Evil. And to wrap up our Week of Welles, “The Most Complete Investigation into the Making of Citizen Kane“.

About Howard Rodman

Howard A. Rodman, a Professor and former Chair of the screenwriting program at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts and an artistic director of the Sundance Screenwriting Labs, wrote Savage Grace with Julianne Moore, August with Josh Hartnett and David Bowie, and the opening night film of the 2000 Sundance Film Festival, Joe Gould’s Secret, with Ian Holm and Stanley Tucci. The sleaziest character in Steven Soderbergh’s film The Underneath is named “Howard Rodman,” for reasons which need not be enumerated here.