Joseph Losey Boxset DVD


Born in Wisconsin in 1909 Joseph Losey studied medicine and English but soon drifted to New York City where he became involved in theatre and worked together with the controversial German playwright Bertolt Brecht. He then caught the attention of MGM and started making short films such as A Gun in His Hand (1945). Losey directed his first feature film in 1947 entitled The Boy with Green Hair for RKO. Several other films followed which established him as an inventive individualistic director. In 1951 Losey was summoned to testify before the House Committee on Un-American... Activities (HUAC) while he was shooting Imbarco a mezzanotte in Italy. His links with left-wing theatre groups and the concern for social justice expressed in many of his films attracted the attention of the Committee and led to him being blacklisted. Joseph Losey sought exile in Great Britain where he began re-building his career. His first British feature film THE SLEEPING TIGER (1954) which was credited at the time to Victor Hanbury saw the beginning of a long-lasting collaboration between the director and Dirk Bogarde. In 1960 now well established in the UK Losey began to look for more adventurous projects such as THE CRIMINAL starring an impeccable Stanley Baker as an underworld kingpin. The score of the film was composed by John Dankworth whose career was to become inextricably linked with that of Losey. In 1962 he directed EVA starring Jeanne Moreau and Stanley Baker an examination of sexual obsession boasting one of Moreau’s most iconic performances. Joseph Losey continued his collaboration with Dirk Bogarde in THE SERVANT (1963) which saw Bogarde as the sinister manservant who manipulates his foppish master and ACCIDENT (1967) about a university professor struggling to maintain control of his life. In 1970 Losey directed THE GO-BETWEEN a costume drama starring Julie Christie and Alan Bates which went on to win the Palme d’Or at the 1971 Cannes Film Festival. It is considered to be one of his best works and was his third collaboration (after The Servant and Accident) with Harold Pinter who wrote the screenplay. The final film in this set is MR. KLEIN (1976) starring Alain Delon in which Joseph Losey tackled the dark subject of the Jewish repression in WWII France. [show more]

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Collection of feature films directed by Joseph Losey. In 'The Sleeping Tiger' (1954), a psychiatrist brings a criminal into his home as an experiment in rehabilitation after catching the thief red-handed trying to break into his house. The patient seems to be making progress until the psychiatrist's wife falls in love with him putting his recovery back significantly. During his three years in prison, 'The Criminal' (1960), Johnny Bannion (Stanley Baker), has been devising his next robbery. Once out of prison he pulls off the heist and buries the money, but is arrested before he can tell the rest of the gang of its whereabouts. The gang eventually spring him from jail, but make a mistake that may mean they never see the money at all. 'Eva' (1962) is a psychological drama set in Venice, where a Welsh novelist (Baker) falls in love with a scheming, gold-digging Frenchwoman named Eva (Jeanne Moreau). Realising that Eva will never love him, the novelist marries the beautiful Francesca (Virna Lisi) who in turn loses her will to live when she discovers her husband's secretly harboured desires. In 'The Servant' (1963), spoiled young British aristocrat Tony (James Fox) buys a handsome Georgian townhouse and employs Hugo Barrett (Dirk Bogarde) as his manservant. Initially appearing to settle in well to his new position, Barrett soon begins to exert his influence over his master with the overall goal of getting rid of Tony's girlfriend Susan (Wendy Craig) with whom Barrett does not get along. In 'Accident' (1967), two Oxford students, William (Michael York) and Anna (Jacqueline Sassard), crash their car outside their professor Stephen (Bogarde)'s house. The lecturer finds William dead and Anna in shock, and the horrifying spectacle in front of him triggers memories of their previous meeting. It transpires that Anna had been having an affair with one of the professor's colleagues, and, in a flashback to a dinner party, it is revealed what part Stephen had to play in the fall-out of the relationship. In 'The Go-Between' (1970), a young teenage boy, Leo (Dominic Guard), is invited to his wealthy school friend Marcus (Richard Gibson)'s family estate and is drawn into a love affair with Marcus's sister, Marian (Julie Christie). As he discovers that Marian is engaged to be married to Hugh (Edward Fox), a viscount of high-standing in the county, Leo doubts his ethics and starts to figure out a way to get out of the affair. In 'Mr. Klein' (1976), while the Nazis are undergoing the deportation of French Jews from occupied France, a Parisian art dealer (Alain Delon) discovers that he has a Jewish counterpart with the same name, for whom he is mistaken...