Turin Film Festival Sets Joseph Losey Retrospective

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Joseph Losey

The U.S.-born filmmaker made many of Europe's best known films in the 1960s and 1970s.

ROME – This year’s edition of the Turin Film Festival will focus its main retrospective on Joseph Losey, the U.S.-born filmmaker who made many of Europe’s best known films in the 1960s and 1970s.

The 30th edition of the Turin event, which will be held in November, will feature 37 full-length films Losey directors and will also include a the publishing of book of assays about Losey, who moved to Europe in the 1950s after being blacklisted in Hollywood.

Among Losey’s best known films are his 1948 debut The Boy With Green Hair; the 1963 black-and-white drama The Servant; love story The Go-Between, which won the Palme d’Or in Cannes in 1970, and 1979’s Mozart opera adaptation Don Giovanni. Many of Losey’s most successful films -- including The Servant and The Go-Between -- were collaborations with playwright Harold Pinter.

Turin officials called Losey “a maestro on par with [Ingmar] Bergman and [Michelangelo] Antonioni for his ability to delve into the psychological, social, and existential depths of his characters.”

Losey, who was born in Wisconsin, died in 1984 in London at the age of 75.