Joseph Losey: Articles

'Boom!' Movie: Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton Cinematic Disaster Reappraised

Boom! movie with Elizabeth Taylor: Critically panned box office disaster featuring memorable headwear and situations. 'Boom!' movie: Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton critical & box office bomb reappraised as 'cult classic' fare If you've never seen Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton's 1968 vanity production Boom!, don't feel singled out. Boom! […]

West End Theater Raves & Best Actress Tony Award: Minor Columbia Pictures Actress Went Far

West End stage actress Constance Cummings also appeared on Broadway and in Hollywood and British movies. West End theater star: Constance Cummings in 'Saint Joan,' Shakespeare (See previous post: “Constance Cummings: From Harold Lloyd to Eugene O'Neill.”) In the mid-1930s, Constance Cummings landed the title roles in two of husband […]

Julie Christie Films: 'Doctor Zhivago' & 'Darling'

Julie Christie, easily one of the most compelling performers of the last half-century and an ardent political activist for liberal causes, has her day on Monday, Aug. 2, as part of Turner Classic Movies' “Summer Under the Stars” series. Along with better-known Christie vehicles such as Doctor Zhivago (1965), Darling […]

Joseph Losey 'Galileo,' Zhang Yimou 'Hero': bfi Southbank

Topol in Joseph Losey's Galileo (top); Ziyi Zhang in Zhang Yimou's Hero (middle); Jean-Pierre Cargol, François Truffaut in Truffaut's L'Enfant sauvage / The Wild Child (bottom) According to London's bfi Southbank (webiste) site, filmmaker Joseph Losey, a victim of the Red Scare who settled in England in the 1950s, had […]

Dirk Bogarde Movies: 'The Servant' & 'So Long at the Fair'

Strangely, Dirk Bogarde never became a major star in the United States. He was well known in the U.S. in the 1950s and 1960s, but he wasn't the superstar he was in Britain or the top star he was internationally. Perhaps Bogarde just didn't care for Hollywood stardom – certainly […]