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The Films of Joseph Losey : Cambridge Film Classics - James Palmer

The Films of Joseph Losey

Cambridge Film Classics

Paperback Published: 7th October 1993
ISBN: 9780521387804
Number Of Pages: 188

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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 Unamerican Activities in 1951, the blacklisted Losey left America 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 relationships with playwright/screenwriter Harold Pinter and actor Dirk Bogarde, his experimental form of storytelling, the psychological complexity of characters acting as narrator 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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"...one of the better books in the Cambridge Film Classics series..." Philip French, Times Literary Supplement

Pictures of provocation
What beauty is there, what anguish: King and Country
An extension of reality: The Servant
The inner violence: Accident
The annihilation of time: The Go-Between
The arrival of strangers: The Romantic Englishwoman
No ready-made answers
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ISBN: 9780521387804
ISBN-10: 0521387809
Series: Cambridge Film Classics
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 188
Published: 7th October 1993
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.1
Weight (kg): 0.27