Losey, Joseph

Losey, Joseph

(lō`zē), 1909–84, American film director, b. La Crosse, Wis. Among his Hollywood works, many of which dealt with social issues, are The Boy With Green Hair (1948) and M (1951). Losey was blacklisted in Hollywood because of alleged Communist sympathies and left for England in 1952. In collaboration with writer Harold Pinter, he directed films about corruption and morality, including The Servant (1963), Accident (1967), and The Go-Between (1970). His other films include King and Country (1964), A Doll's House (1973), and Steaming (1985).

Bibliography

See study by J. Leahy (1967) and Conversations with Losey by M. Ciment (1985).

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Losey, Joseph

(1909–84) movie director; born in La Crosse, Wis. He began directing short subjects, graduating to features with The Boy With Green Hair (1948), revealing his interest in social commentary. In exile as a result of the Communist witch hunt of the early 1950s, he settled in England and made a number of quintessentially British movies such as The Servant (1963).
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.
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