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The films of Joseph Losey

Author: James Palmer; Michael Riley
Publisher: Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1993.
Series: Cambridge film classics.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The Films of Joseph Losey examines the career of the expatriate director through a close analysis of five of his most important and challenging films.
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Named Person: Joseph Losey; Joseph Losey; Joseph Losey; Joseph Losey
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: James Palmer; Michael Riley
ISBN: 0521383862 9780521383868 0521387809 9780521387804
OCLC Number: 26929696
Description: x, 175 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. "Pictures of Provocation" --
2. "What Beauty Is There, What Anguish": King and Country --
3. "An Extension of Reality": The Servant --
4. "The Inner Violence": Accident --
5. "The Annihilation of Time": The Go-Between --
6. "The Arrival of Strangers": The Romantic Englishwoman --
7. "No Ready-Made Answers."
Series Title: Cambridge film classics.
Responsibility: James Palmer, Michael Riley.
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The Films of Joseph Losey examines the career of the expatriate director through a close analysis of five of his most important and challenging films.

When his leftist politics made him a target of the House Committee on Un-American Activities in 1951, the blacklisted Losey left the United States and continued his film career in England. Concerned mainly with the use and abuse of power inherent in intimate relationships, Losey also examined these issues as manifested in institutions and social classes. His finest films attack the injustices and hypocrisy rooted in the privileges of the English class system and frequently depict the moral failure of characters who betray their best instincts.

The Films of Joseph Losey also examines Losey's close working relationship with playwright-screenwriter Harold Pinter and actor Dirk Bogarde, his experimental form of storytelling, the psychological complexity of characters acting as narrators of their own stories, and the intricate handling of time in the structure of his films. Close studies of King and Country, The Servant, Accident, The Go-Between, and The Romantic Englishwoman confirm Losey's stature as a director of powerful and compelling films of both moral importance and great formal complexity.

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