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Accident (1967)

Not Rated | | Drama | 7 June 1967 (France)
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At Oxford, Austrian student Anna is dating fellow student William 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 has two favorite pupils, the athletic aristocrat William and the Austrian Anna von Graz. Stephen is a frustrated man, with a negligent wife, Rosalind, who is pregnant of their third child, and is envious of the Oxford professor Charley that 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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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Barry Justice was on the list of possibles for William. 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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Accident keeps its distance.
11 April 2011 | by st-shotSee all my reviews

Late one evening in the English countryside two inebriated students on their way to visit Stephen (Dirk Bogarde) an Oxford professor who has been tutoring both, crash the car they are in killing the male ( Michael York). Stephen pulls Anna (Jaqueline Sassard)from the wreck and then possibly covers up for her part. The story then moves backwards in objective and dispassionate detail that first brings them and others together before the climax returns you with a group of facts to assess your own feelings about each character as the film plays itself out.

Accident is one cold and remote study of human behavior even for English academia. Director Joseph Losey and writer Harold Pinter erase any hints of compassion and understanding while ironically rendering men of vast knowledge non communicative to intimates as they try to come to terms with their own repressed desires. Bogarde is tailor maid to play Stephen. Defrosting little from his character in The Servant created by the same team he remains in a perpetual dark night of the soul even during moments of bliss. Fellow prof Charley ( Stanley Baker) is more nuanced and well played against type by Baker, even more deluded in his mid life crisis. The two have some excellent scenes together as Pinter's script and Losey's long takes build suspense fully but sometimes misleadingly. Vivien Merchant provides her usual laid back style of deceptive power while Michael York exudes youth and life with Jaquelline Sassard beautiful and comatose. There's also an excellent cameo by Harold Knox as a senior provost foreshadowing Stephen's future, who has to be reminded of his daughter's name. It's an almost soul less existence with all emotion cut off.

Accident reflects its title perfectly and in doing so makes it impossible for you not to look away. It is a challenging, exasperating and for some rewarding experience.


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