Arts, Dining & Entertainment

Orson Welles stars in “Touch of Evil,” FOLA’s next movie

Courtesy of FOLA

Orson Welles stars in the 1958 thriller, “Touch of Evil” showing Oct. 3 at Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium.

Saturday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. — LUDLOW — The next FOLA film, “Touch of Evil,” will appear on Saturday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. at the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium, featuring an all-star cast in the last, and probably greatest, of Hollywood’s film noir era.

“Touch of Evil” is a 1958 American film noir crime thriller film, written, directed by, and co-starring Orson Welles. The screenplay was loosely based on the novel “Badge of Evil” by Whit Masterson. Along with Welles, the cast includes Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh, Joseph Calleia, Akim Tamiroff, and Marlene Dietrich. Also appearing in lesser roles are Joseph Cotton, Dennis Weaver, and Zsa Zsa Gabor.

“Touch of Evil” is one of the last examples of film noir in the genre’s classic era (from the early 1940s until the late 1950s). Since its release, the film’s reputation has grown in stature, and it is now widely regarded as one of Welles’ best films. In 1993, “Touch of Evil” was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” The film was placed #64 on American Film Institute’s “100 Years, 100 Thrills” list.

As with all FOLA movies, admission is free and open to everyone; donations are appreciated. Popcorn and water will be provided. For more info, call 802-228-7239 or visit

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