The Loved One
DIRECTOR: TONY RICHARDSON
CAST: ROBERT MORSE, JONATHAN WINTERS, ROD STEIGER, DANA ANDREWS
SCREENPLAY - CHRISTOPHER ISHERWOOD
CINEMATOGRAPHY - HASKELL WEXLER
Owing as much to Jessica Mitford’s muckrakingmasterpiece The American Way of Death as Evelyn Waugh’s source novella, The Loved One is a banana-peel under the feet of mid-60’s Los Angeles. Almost too much to consume at once (with a notorious consumption scene that sets a high bar for bad taste), and featuring about half the working actors of the day (Robert Morse, John Gielgud, Rode Steiger, Jonathan Winters, Dana Andrews, James Coburn, Roddy McDowell and Liberace), it is a film that will leave you, like Mr. Joyboy’s mother, gasping for air.