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Me llamo Carlos Hestón

Who could possibly be less Mexican than Charlton Heston? William Shatner ("Spock—pass me—those—churros.")? Heidi Klum ("¡Nina Garcia!")? How did Heston ever get cast as a Mexican official? Maybe Orson Welles was impressed by his chipotle-mayo gordita portrayal of Ben Hur. Or, perhaps he was taken aback by his extra hot and jalapeño-y Moses. I suppose it could be worse—like the time they let Renee Zellweger play a non-crack whore. Or, when they let Andie MacDowell call herself an actress. Orson Welles' Touch of Evil is a classic (that means black and white) film noir that follows a Mexican government investigator (Heston) and his young American wife (Janet Leigh) as their honeymoon gets put on hold and they become entangled in a crime investigation. But, more important than that, Marlene Deitrich and Zsa Zsa Gabor are in it. Watch for the movie's famous three-minute continuous opening tracking shot, and count the 2,000 cigarettes and cigars that are smoked during the movie's 95-minute running time. Touch of Evil will play at the Inwood Theatre (5458 W. Lovers Lane) this Friday and Saturday night at midnight. Tickets are $8. Call 214-764-9106 or visit landmarktheatres.com.
Fri., Jan. 19; Sat., Jan. 20


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