Stanley Baker doublebill

Stanley Baker is probably one of Britain’s very best actors, and in this pair of films from director Joseph Losey he gets to show off his impeccable acting skills.

Criminal (1960) sees Baker on the wrong side of the law as a thief who tries to screw his fellow criminals out of the pay-off from a robbery, but finds that they can be rather nasty when crossed. One of the most brutal crime films from the era, and certainly one of the best.

Eva (1962) is a completely different film, a romantic tale with a distinctly European twist. Baker is on top form, but sadly the film we see is a mere shell, having been cut to ribbons by the producers, leaving Joseph Losey’s original vision, lost to time. Still of interest.

We’ll be taking a good look at more of Joseph Losey’s work towards the end of the month with an all new biography, so stay tuned…

2 Responses to “Stanley Baker doublebill”

  1. Livius says:

    Good to see your site back in business Tim.
    I enjoyed your revew of The Criminal very much and just wanted to let you know that there’s also a Dutch release of the film available. I suspect it may be the same print as the German version you cite. It has a fine 1.66:1 anamorphic transfer and a similar plethora of subs. The docu is also present but I can’t manage to get any English subs working for it. This may be a disc related issue or simple stupidity on my part – I can’t say for sure.

  2. tim says:

    Thanks for the comment. I’ll add this to the review.