D: Joseph Losey
London Independent (Joseph Losey & Norman Priggen)
UK 🇬🇧 1967
W: Harold Pinter [based on the novel by Nicholas Mosley]
DP: Gerry Fisher
Ed: Reginald Beck
Mus: John Dankworth
Dirk Bogarde (Stephen), Stanley Baker (Charley), Jacqueline Sassard (Anna), Michael York (William), Vivian Merchant (Rosalind)
Based on a novel by Nicholas Mosley and adapted for the screen by Harold Pinter, Accident is a film that would have had a lot more power when it was originally released in 1967, rather than looking at it from 21st century eyes.
The title is a reference to an opening car accident in which an Oxford undergraduate dies, as well as an affair between his Austrian girlfriend and a staid professor at the university.
The story mostly unfolds under the observance of Stephen, the conservative, rather unemotional professor, who keeps the audience at arms length over his agenda, as the film culminates in a rather passionless, callous way which lets the audience decide whom to empathise with.
Originally released at the peak of the swinging sixties, it uncovers the promiscuous underbelly of society, even at a esteemed place of academia and prestige, but this will mean very little nowadays.
Award Wins & Nominations:
MILSTEAD MOVIE AWARDS:
Nominations: 2 (Best Ensemble Cast; Best Screenplay (Adaptation))
Nominations: 4 (Best British Film; Best British Actor; Best British Screenplay; Best Art Direction)
Cannes Film Festival (Grand Jury Prize); National Board Of Review (Top Ten Films of the Year); Writers Guild of Great Britain (Best British Screenplay)