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
An altogether distinct view on the Vichy Regime as seen through the lens of one man trying to prove his identity. The combination of impending doom, mistery, the absurd, over-complicated bureaucracy provides this film with a certain, almost kafkaesque, quality. Alain Delon, proving once again his grand talent, gives life to a remarkable character, thus making this underrated gem all the more important.
i dont think this movie should (solely) be seen as a thriller, building up suspense is not the point here. after watching it i had to remain silent for quite a while, the horror of the absurd, its all too visible here