A self-described “romantic Marxist,” Joseph Losey built a remarkable, globe-trotting oeuvre of sometimes divisive yet consistently adventurous films exploring the darkest and most tangled emotions in human relationships. Through his consistent genre-play and storytelling explorations, his vision remained that of sincere, naked intimacy and timeless political critique.
Whether being blacklisted for his communist politics in Hollywood, or bumming around France for funding, Losey was stridently out of step with his time in the name of challenging it. By the 1960s he found himself in Britain, where he made these four varying explorations of lonely outsiders, ranging from the darkly erotic (“The Servant”) and stirring (“King & Country”) to the elliptical (“Accident”) and thrilling (“The Criminal”). An essential cinematic poet of existence.