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May 29

Episode 1: Touch of Evil

Touch of EvilWelcome to the inaugural episode of Reel Education: Noir!

Like our parent podcast, A Reel Education, we strive to discuss individual movies in depth, usually with someone who has never seen the film before. But unlike our fellow podcast, we will focus exclusively on films noir. (Really, it’s all just a clever excuse for us to watch a lot of films noir.)

Since A Reel Education has already covered several of the basics like Sunset Boulevard and Double Indemnity, we have begun our dark odyssey with Orson Welles’ Touch of Evil.

If you are unfamiliar with the Reel Education structure, here’s the deal: we will first briefly discuss the film, then stop the podcast and watch it. (At this point, feel free to pause the podcast and watch the film yourself!) Then we return and discuss our reactions and some of the history behind the film.

We hope you enjoy our stroll down the dark alleys of film history! A Reel Education: Noir will post on the 7th and 21st of every month, so we will next see you on June 7th!

Touch of Evil (1958)
Touch of Evil poster Rating: 8.1/10 (80,090 votes)
Director: Orson Welles
Writer: Orson Welles (screenplay), Whit Masterson (based on the novel "Badge Of Evil" by)
Stars: Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh, Orson Welles, Joseph Calleia
Runtime: 95 min
Rated: PG-13
Genre: Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Released: 01 Feb 1958
Plot: A stark, perverse story of murder, kidnapping, and police corruption in a Mexican border town.

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