Accident DVD

Joseph Losey, 1967

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Directed by Joseph Losey

Produced in 1967

Main Language - English

Countries & Regions - British Film

Film Description

Rivalry and sexual tension simmer under a glacial surface of detached companionship and leafy academia in Harold Pinter and Joseph Losey's second screen collaboration. Pinter's script is suitably spare and perplexing; Losey's direction slow and deliberate.

Accident centres on a middle-aged man in crisis. Dirk Bogarde plays Stephen, a married Oxford don, seemingly content in his marriage to Rosalind (Vivien Merchant) but underneath starting to fear emotional rot and feeling the social wounds of tutoring students above his station. He is also silently resentful of his colleague Charley (Stanley Baker) and his sexual prowess, not to mention his burgeoning TV career, One night a car crashes near his country house in the middle of the night. The survivor is a student's fiancée, the enigmatic Anna (Jacqueline Sassard) who Stephen has been longing for an affair with, realising she could either revitalise - or ruin - his life. As the previous months’ events gradually unfold in flashback over a hot summer it soon becomes clear that the car crash was perhaps no 'accident' at all, but rather a mysterious, collectively willed catastrophe.

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DVD Details

Certificate: PG

Publisher: Studio Canal

Length: 101 mins

Aspect ratio: 16:9 Anamorphic widescreen

Format: DVD Colour

Region: 2

Released: 7th January 2008

Cat No: OPTD0932

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by Barry Forshaw on 29th April 2013

Impressive though The Servant was, the finest fruit of the Losey/Pinter collaboration is undoubtedly Accident, a film in which the level of achievement matches that of... Read on


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