Losey's original version is apparently lost in the mists of time, and what remains does not give us much of a clue as to its genius.
Losey puts a political face on both romances and compares them to a cold world bereft of Eden.
| Original Score: C
There's not much wonder that practically everybody who had anything to do with the making of this film was offering excuses and alibis when it opened in Europe in 1962.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
| Original Score: 2/5
A watershed work, a furious whirlwind vision
A decadent period piece and a sadomasochistic view of sexual relations, this singular, resonant, and at times even inspiring mannerist mess is far more interesting than a good many modest successes.
A bleak and overwrought yet powerful drama.
| Original Score: 3/5
This adaptation of a 1945 James Hadley Chase novel moves with serpent grace.
The figures of alienation wandering through an elegant landscape may be familiar from the Antonioni trilogy of the period, but the pessimism, energetic misanthropy and disenchantment with the world are all Losey's own.
A grim drama springs from an unimpressive story.
| Original Score: 3/4
This is a sleek, mannered look at an affair between a cold, almost psychotic, call girl and a writer, who is a fraught with overtones of masochism.