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Accident (1967)

Not Rated | | Drama | 7 June 1967 (France)
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At Oxford, Austrian student Anna von Graz (Jacqueline Sassard) is dating fellow student William (Michael York), whom she plans to marry, but she ends up sleeping with two unhappily married Oxford professors instead.

Director:

Joseph Losey

Writers:

Nicholas Mosley (from the novel by), Harold Pinter (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dirk Bogarde ... Stephen
Stanley Baker ... Charley
Jacqueline Sassard ... Anna
Michael York ... William
Vivien Merchant ... Rosalind
Delphine Seyrig ... Francesca
Alexander Knox ... Provost
Ann Firbank ... Laura
Brian Phelan Brian Phelan ... Police Sergeant
Terence Rigby ... Plain Clothed Policeman
Freddie Jones ... Man in Bell's Office
Jill Johnson Jill Johnson ... Secretary
Jane Hillary Jane Hillary ... Receptionist
Maxwell Caulfield ... Ted (as Maxwell Findlater)
Carole Caplin ... Clarissa
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Storyline

The Oxford Professor of Philosophy Stephen (Sir Dirk Bogarde) has two favorite pupils, the athletic aristocrat William (Michael York) and the Austrian Anna von Graz (Jacqueline Sassard). Stephen is a frustrated man, with a negligent wife, Rosalind (Vivien Merchant), who is pregnant of their third child, and is envious of the Oxford professor Charley (Stanley Baker), who has a television show. Stephen feels attracted to Anna, but William woos her and she becomes his girlfriend. Charley has a love affair with Anna, but when things go wrong, Anna must leave town. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The story of a love triangle ... and the four people trapped in it !

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Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 June 1967 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Accident - Zwischenfall in Oxford See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Budget:

$600,000 (estimated)
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Royal Avenue Chelsea See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Britt Ekland was favored for a key role. See more »

Quotes

Charley: [reading from learned journal] A statistical analysis of sexual intercourse at Colenso University, Milwaukee showed... that 70% did it in the evening, 29.9% between 2 and 4 in the afternoon and 0.1% during a lecture on Aristotle.
Provost: I'm surprised to hear that Aristotle is on the syllabus in the State of Wisconsin.
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The best of the 3 Losey-Pinter collaborations
28 June 2001 | by johnwebberSee all my reviews

Following their work on "The Servant" (1963) and before the more well-known, "The Go-Between" (1971), "Accident" can be seen as the best - certainly the most understated - of the collaborations between the English playwright, Harold Pinter, and the expatriate American director, Joseph Losey, who had lived and worked in London for some years.

As Pinter said in a 1966 interview: "So in this film everything is buried, it is implicit. There is really very little dialogue, and that is mostly trivial, meaningless. The drama goes on inside the characters." In the published screenplay his directions for one scene indicate that "the words are fragments of realistic conversation. They are not thoughts..." and what comes across is the brilliant contrast between the nondescript, mundane, day-to-day attempts at communication between the characters combined with a hard look at the underlying reality of the characters' situations. Nothing is like it seems to be.

If you like the work of Harold Pinter, this rarely-available film, is a brilliant addition. See it in combination with the other two to get a full picture of what Losey and Pinter achieved. I've seen the films at least 10 times each and they formed the basis of my 1974 MA thesis on the Pinter-Losey collaboration.


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