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The opening sequence of Touch of Evil (original edit)

by Oliver Gaycken

The opening of Touch of Evil is a particularly well-known example of a sequence shot. In other words, the initial scene consists of a single, unbroken shot (which lasts almost 3.5 minutes). Welles was an inveterate boundary-pusher, and this opening shot is a good example of his proclivity for bravura camerawork. The stylistic decision to begin the film with such a long single shot also serves a narrative function, however.

The opening sequence of Touch of Evil (original edit)

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The opening sequence of Touch of Evil

from Touch of Evil (1958)
Creator: Orson Welles
Distributor: Universal International
Posted by Oliver Gaycken
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