Touch of Evil & The Crimson Kimono NOIR CITY Detroit Double Feature

Sunday, September 22 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets: $10.00

Touch of Evil
1958, Universal. 95 minutes
Screenplay by Orson Welles, from the novel by Whit Masterson
Directed by Orson Welles
Mexican cop Mike Vargas (Charlton Heston) and his American wife Susan (Janet Leigh) encounter more than they bargained for when they drive into the California border town of Los Robles—extortion, kidnapping, and murder are par for the course in the dusty fiefdom of veteran sheriff Hank Quinlan (Orson Welles). Can Vargas unveil decades of corruption and protect his bride from a marauding gang? Welles’ return to Hollywood from European exile is the stuff of legend—a crime drama so extraordinarily stylish it looms symbolically as the end of the classic noir era. Time and changing tastes have led some critics to laud it as the equal of Welles’ earlier masterworks. Presented in 35mm courtesy of Universal Pictures
Cast: Charlton Heston (Miguel “Mike” Vargas), Janet Leigh (Susan Vargas), Orson Welles (Capt. Hank Quinlan), Joseph Calleia (Sgt. Pete Menzies), Akim Tamiroff (Uncle Joe Grandi), Joanna Moore (Marcia Linnekar), Ray Collins (DA Adair), Dennis Weaver (motel night manager), Marlene Dietrich (Tana), Zsa Zsa Gabor (nightclub owner), Joseph Cotten (coroner), Mercedes McCambridge (gang leader)

The Crimson Kimono
1959, Columbia [Sony Pictures]. 82 minutes
Screenplay by Samuel Fuller
Directed by Samuel Fuller
As the classic noir era waned, director Sam Fuller came out blasting with the first of a series of wildly original crime thrillers. This one starts as a pulpy policier, with a pair of L.A. cops (Glenn Corbett, James Shigeta) hunting the killer of a stripper. It twists into a heated romantic triangle with both cops falling for a key witness (Victoria Shaw). The rare film to explore the Nisei experience in America, featuring a compassionate take on the Japanese cop’s torment at falling for a Caucasian. As usual, Fuller’s kinetic inspirations sometimes collide with stilted exposition—watch out for flying shrapnel. Presented in 35mm courtesy of Sony Pictures
Cast: James Shigeta (Joe Kojaku), Glenn Corbett (Charlie Bancroft), Victoria Shaw (Christine Downs), Anne Lee (Mac), Paul Dubov (Casale)

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