Joseph Losey

Joseph Losey

director, writer, producer

Joseph Losey was born on Jan 14, 1909 in USA. Joseph Losey's big-screen debut came with Pete Roleum and His Cousins directed by Joseph Losey in 1939. Joseph Losey is known for Don Giovanni directed by Joseph Losey, Ruggero Raimondi stars as Don Giovanni and John Macurdy as The Commendatore. Joseph Losey has got 6 awards and 17 nominations so far. The most recent award Joseph Losey achieved is César Awards, France. The upcoming new movie Joseph Losey plays is La truite which will be released on Sep 22, 1982.

Belonging to an important family clan in Wisconsin, Joseph Losey studied philosophy but was always interested in theater and thus worked together with Bertolt Brecht. After directing some shorts for MGM, he made his first important film, Le garçon aux cheveux verts (1948), for RKO. While he was filming Le Rôdeur (1951) in Italy he was summoned to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee, the congressional committee charged with "rooting out" Communist "subversion" in the motion picture industry. Unwilling to subject himself to the committee's well-known intimidation tactics, Losey decided to seek exile in Great Britain. In the following years he used a pseudonym--"Joseph Walton"--for his films, which were of minor quality. He regained his prestige with the thrillers L'enquête de l'inspecteur Morgan (1959), Les criminels (1960) and Eva (1962). From that point on his films varied between top-quality work like Accident (1967) and much lower-quality projects such as Modesty Blaise (1966), which was a box-office success, and Galileo (1975), which wasn't.

  • Birthday

    Jan 14, 1909
  • Place of Birth

    La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA

Known For


6 wins & 17 nominations

César Awards, France
Best Film (Meilleur film)
Winner - César
Best Director (Meilleur réalisateur)
Winner - César
Sant Jordi Awards
Best Foreign Film (Mejor Película Extranjera)
Winner - Sant Jordi
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