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Joseph Losey's 1960 "The Criminal", starring Stanley Baker
Posted by Solomon
on 11/24/2020, 4:38 pm
I'll leave it to those better-equipped than I to comment on this late noir. I can only remind you that this is a great, great film, with cinematography by Robert Krasker. Losey gives us a finished work of art that integrates every element of film arts beautifully. He has total control of his art including the sound track, the score and the intangible rhythms of the sounds of the movie which mesh with the visuals and the sometimes abstruse lingo. Critics focus a lot on Losy's societal insights and depictions brought to life. To me the revelation here is his use of sound and poetic impacts of words and objects and voice. This sweeps you into the characters and their turmoil, troubles and tragedies on a deep resonating level. A classic western can do the same when it's really well done.