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A film arguably ahead of its time, Accident boasts strong performances to match its thought-provoking themes.
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The subtle, controlled performances of the principal actors make this work.
The whole thing is such a teapot tempest, and it is so assiduously underplayed that it is neither strong drama nor stinging satire. It is just a sad little story of a wistful don.
Dirk Bogarde's crumbling don is the sharpest of the many similar performances he has given, and Stanley Baker is superbly chunky as Bogarde's rival for a young Austrian student (Jacqueline Sassard).
Of Losey's three collaborations with Pinter (the other two are 1963's The Servant and 1970's The Go-Between), it is the most challenging and influential.
The film's didactic indifference also makes it unclear whether Stephen ups the ante or gets his comeuppance in the end.
Bring a date, because you'll need to talk this one through.
The screenplay for Accident, an English film, was written by playwright Harold Pinter and therein seems to lie the problem. His characters have no outward life conversationally.
The honours for sheer accomplishment and speed of reaction go to Dirk Bogarde and Vivien Merchant: the honours for playing against the grain to Stanley Baker.
A subtly poised film of middle-class life in an Oxford academic milieu.
A sharp and complex British film that his by turns witty and engaging.
In short, Accident is Losey's most accomplished film because of the perfect adequation of form to content, and vice versa; but also because of the degree to which he penetrates the surface.
Understated and complex. A fine collaboration of Bogarde, Losey and Pinter.
Intense, compelling film with Michael York, Dirk Bogarde and Stanley Baker meeting gorgeous Jacqueline Sassard, and clashing verbal swords over her in that creepily repressed, passive-aggressive British style. Also interesting to see screenwriter Harold Pinter turn up in a cameo as a television executive.
I looked up Sassard on IMDB, and was intrigued to learn that she had quite a solid acting career and then abruptly quit at age 28. I wonder why?
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