A dissolute aristocrat on the verge of bankruptcy falls in love with a gypsy girl who soon starts handling his affairs to her and her lover s interest. Lush period drama that emphasizes the contradiction between British gentility conservatism and natural instinctive sensuality.
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
Curious how the gypsies are described here, they are crooks waiting for the right moment to steal the bourgeois or the landlord. Also curious that such a theme could please Joseph Losey, a director one would have rather imagined defending the poor and the outcasts. Now, Sir Paul Deverill's obsessive love for gypsy Melina Mercouri is equivocal enough to have attracted the director. Recommended.