Dir. Joseph Losey (1960).
For its period a remarkably uncompromising film, this benefits from the director’s copious research which included help from real-life underworld figures. Stanley Baker gives one of the major performances of his career in the lead role of a gangland king who escapes from the clink. Losey’s impeccable direction creates a vision of the British prison system as a hellish melting pot, a metaphor for an oppressively materialistic and class-ridden society.
Sun., Aug. 30, 2:55, 6:40 & 10:25 p.m.; Mon., Aug. 31, 1 & 4:45 p.m., 2009