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169 Ratings

The Damned

These Are the Damned

Directed by Joseph Losey
United Kingdom, 1962
Drama, Sci-Fi


Legal and illegal criminality. An American tourist with a boat is robbed by a gang of teenager boys, assisted by the leader’s sister. But soon afterward she jumps to the victim’s boat to escape her brother’s incestuous jealousy.

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The Damned Directed by Joseph Losey

Critics reviews

Hammer gave Losey a pulpy premise and he turned it into a heartbreaking shapeshifter, a lavish downer about people whose fates have been written in permanent ink.
June 10, 2015
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Losey’s strongest critique of the times emerges with a unique stylistic flourish in his wide-screen, black-and-white images, featuring slow glides, skewed angles, standoffish perspectives, and hectic striations. These images seem adorned with quotation marks, as if Losey placed his own movie in the mediatized madness that he was criticizing. His conflicted approach to modernity appears in the cutting-edge accessories that dazzle him even as he rues them.
June 01, 2015
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…More than an interesting curiosity, it’s one of Losey’s best English efforts, and Viveca Lindfors contributes a striking part as an eccentric sculptress.
October 01, 1989
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