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Joseph Losey

By Colin Gardner

Joseph Losey

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-6783-9
  • Pages: 328
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £15.99
  • Published Date: March 2004
  • BIC Category: Individual film directors, film-makers, PERFORMING ARTS / Individual Director, PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / Direction & Production, The arts / Individual film directors, film-makers
  • Series: British Film-Makers

Description

The career of Wisconsin-born Joseph Losey spanned over four decades and several countries. A self-proclaimed Marxist and veteran of the 1930s Soviet agit-prop theater, he collaborated with Bertholt Brecht before directing noir B-pictures in Hollywood. A victim of McCarthyism, he later crossed the Atlantic to direct a series of seminal British films such as "Time Without Pity," "Eve," "The Servant," and "The Go-Between," which mark him as one of the cinema's greatest baroque stylists. His British films reflect on exile and the outsider's view of a class-bound society in crisis through a style rooted in the European art house tradition of Resnais and Godard. Gardner employs recent methodologies from cultural studies and poststructural theory, exploring and clarifying the films' uneasy tension between class and gender, and their explorations of fractured temporality.

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