Touch of Evil Goof!

“Touch of Evil” Correction

The article When to Move the Camera credits Alfred Hitchcock for Touch of Evil – it was Orson Welles for goodness sakes! This is a major faux pas for us filmies. (Great website, by the way.)

Michael Ames

There is a glaring error in the April issue that is bothersome to all movie buffs. Touch of Evil was directed by Orson Welles, not Hitchcock. I believe it was around that same time, that Hitch made his famous film, North by Northwest (1959), which had some interesting shots of its own. But please issue a correction on your article and give Orson his due!

Greg Flakus


I love your magazine and treasure the knowledge I gain from reading it, but I noticed an error. Touch of Evil was not directed by Alfred Hitchcock, but by the great Orson Welles who also gave us what many consider to be the best picture of all times, 1941’s Citizen Kane – a groundbreaking film which sits atop American Film Institute’s top 100 Film List, above Casablanca and The Godfather.


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And, arguably, the greatest homage to Touch of Evil‘s signature crane shot was not Kill Bill, but 1992’s The Player, a movie about moviemaking directed by Robert Altman. In this movie, the characters are actually referencing Welles’ amazing crane shot as they, themselves, are being shot in an extremely complex, uninterrupted eight minute crane and tracking shot that follows them around the grounds of a Hollywood studio lot. Just like Touch of Evil, it is the opening shot which sends the entire plot into motion.

Hats off to the skilled camera operators in these shots for keeping everything well-composed as they take the camera where few cameras have gone before… I guess that’s why they make the big bucks.

Rich Hartwell

Well our slip is showing, that’s for sure! Thank you Michael, Greg, Rich and all the others who wrote in to correct us. We have several eyes proofing and editing the copy for several weeks, but sometimes things just slip right past us. And we should know better with this – we are great Hitchcock and Welles fans ourselves! Anyone who wants to make video should watch this amazing camera shot in Touch of Evil that Rich Hartwell describes so well. This is true art, and was difficult to accomplish with the gear they had available then, and is still a shot that others humble to.

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