Joseph Losey

Joseph Losey

  • Highest Rated: 100% Don Giovanni (1979)
  • Lowest Rated: 20% Boom! (1968)
  • Birthday: Jan 14, 1909
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Wisconsinite Joseph Losey entered the entertainment industry through the patron's entrance, writing book and theatre reviews in the early 1930s. Attaining work as a stage director, Losey prepared many of the early live presentations at the Radio City Music Hall, participated in theatrical tours of Scandanavia and Russia, and made his Broadway debut in 1936 with the first of the agit-prop Living Newspaper productions. His earliest movie work was as director of documentaries for the Rockefeller Foundation; he moved on to industrial shorts, a marionette film for the Petroleum Industry's exhibit at the 1939 New York World's Fair, and a staff director post on MGM's Crime Does Not Pay short-subject series. After radio work and World War II service, Losey directed the celebrated 1947 Hollywood stage production of Bertold Brecht's Galileo, starring Charles Laughton. This led to Losey's first feature-film directing assignment, RKO's The Boy with Green Hair (1949), a sentimental drama with pacifistic overtones. Losey's favorite of his Hollywood films was The Prowler (1951), which contained the quintessential Joseph Losey "hero": a man who knows he is orchestrating his own downfall, but can't stop himself. While in Italy filming Stranger on the Prowl (1951), Losey declined a summons to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee. Blacklisted as a result, Losey relocated in England, where his film career at long last shifted into high gear. With The Servant (1963), Losey directed from a Harold Pinter script for the first time, and thereafter his cinematic style changed radically; where once he had concentrated on fast action and clear-cut storytelling, his films became studied, ponderous, and sometimes downright dull. A muddled attempt to capture the "mod" audience, 1967's Modesty Blaise, only emphasized how out of sync Losey's work had become in this period. He regained his momentum with 1971's The Go-Between (another Pinter project), which, like The Servant, won several international awards. Moving from England to France in the mid 1970s, Losey returned briefly to the theatre, staging an elaborate production of Boris Godunov in 1980. While most of Losey's last film projects were shot in France, he went back to England for his final project, Steaming (1985); he died in London in 1984, with his fourth wife at his side.

Highest Rated Movies








No Score Yet Steaming Director 1986
63% La Truite Screenwriter Director 1982
100% Don Giovanni Screenwriter Director 1979
No Score Yet Les routes du sud (Roads to the South) Director 1978
No Score Yet Monsieur Klein Director 1976
100% Mr. Klein Director 1976
No Score Yet The Romantic Englishwoman,(Une anglaise romantique) Director 1975
No Score Yet Galileo Director 1975
No Score Yet A Doll's House Executive Producer 1973
No Score Yet The Assassination of Trotsky Director Producer 1972
No Score Yet Figures in a Landscape Director 1971
100% The Go-Between Director 1970
50% Secret Ceremony Director 1968
20% Boom! Director 1968
82% Accident Producer Director $17.7K 1967
44% Modesty Blaise Director 1966
86% King and Country Director Producer 1965
86% The Servant Director Producer $37.2K 1964
86% The Damned (These Are the Damned) Director 1963
64% Eva Patron at Harry's Bar (uncredited) Director 1962
80% Concrete Jungle (The Criminal) Director 1961
No Score Yet Blind Date Director 1959
No Score Yet Time Without Pity Director 1957
60% X: The Unknown Director 1956
No Score Yet Finger of Guilt Director 1956
No Score Yet The Sleeping Tiger Director Producer 1954
No Score Yet Stranger on the Prowl (Imbarco a mezzanotte) Director 1952
100% The Prowler (Cost of Living ) Director 1951
No Score Yet The Big Night Director Screenwriter 1951
No Score Yet M Director 1951
No Score Yet The Lawless Director 1950
78% The Boy with Green Hair Screenwriter Director 1948
No Score Yet A Man On The Beach Director Screenwriter
No Score Yet First On The Road Director


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