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

Julie Christie, one of the greatest 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 (1965, […]

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, Fran├žois Truffaut in Truffaut's L'Enfant sauvage / The Wild Child (bottom) According to London's bfi Southbank site, filmmaker Joseph Losey, a victim of the Red Scare who settled in England in the '50s, had already […]

Dirk Bogarde Movies

Strangely, Dirk Bogarde never became a major star in the United States. I'm sure he was well known in the US in the '50s and '60s, 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 […]

Joseph Losey Movies: bfi Schedule

Dirk Bogarde, James Fox in The Servant (top); The Damned (bottom) “Among the greatest things that happened to British cinema were the arrival on our shores of the Korda brothers in the 30s, Losey in the 50s and Kubrick in the 60s,” reads the introduction to an upcoming Joseph Losey […]