Tyvian Jones is a highly successful new novelist feted in Venice for the film adaptation of his “autobiographical” book about growing up poor and tough in a Welsh mining town. He has already been promised a large sum of money for his next work. This comes at the time when European cinema is bringing together high art and big deals. Tyvian is deeply loved by Francesca, assistant to his producer. All seems well in this Italian paradise until Eve comes in out of the rain and into the novelist’s life. A most highly paid weekend or one-night companion, Eve Olivier is French and likewise in exile. She chooses her companions by analyzing the heft of their wallets and deciding who can give her the best gifts. Tyvian and Eve are very much alike – a fake author and a fake lover. If there’s to be any kind of relationship between them, it will inevitably be tempestuous, but only one will be cast out of paradise. —Austinfilm.org
Joseph Walton Losey (January 14, 1909, La Crosse, Wisconsin – June 22, 1984, London) was an American theater and film director. After studying in Germany with Bertolt Brecht, Losey returned to the United States, eventually making his way to Hollywood.
While in Hollywood, Losey co-directed the original U.S. production of Galileo, by Brecht, with Brecht himself as the other co-director. Charles Laughton, who had worked with Brecht on the translation / adaptation, performed the lead role. In the context of that production, Losey also made a half hour film based on Galileo’s life.
During the McCarthy Era, Losey was investigated for his supposed ties with the Communist Party and was blacklisted by the Hollywood movie studio bosses. His career in shambles, he moved to London, where he continued working as a director.
Even in the UK, he experienced problems: his first British film, The Sleeping Tiger, a 1954 film noir crime thriller, bore the pseudonym Victor Hanbury… read more