|Orson Welles prepares a crucial scene in "Touch of Evil"|
Film historians consider "Touch of Evil" as the last film of the classic noir era, which began with "The Maltese Falcon" in 1941.
"Touch of Evil" is set in a Mexican border town, but Venice Beach, with it's Spanish style colonnades, stood in for a jerkwater berg overlooking our neighbor to the south.
Welles co-wrote the script, directed and co-starred along with Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh and Marlene Dietrich. Also, playing supporting roles are Zsa Zsa Gabor and Dennis Weaver.
Below, a video about "Touch of Evil" restoration:
See the photo at top, and note how the crane shot is used in a clip from the film's opening: