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Accident (1967)

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Oh! For the days when intelligent films were made in the English language. This masterpiece from director Joseph Losey and screenwriter Harold Pinter (adapting a novel by Nicholas Moseley) reminds us of those halcyon times. The groves of academe are replete with longing, lust and most of all, alcohol. The great Dirk Bogarde is Stephen, whose students Jacqueline Sassard and Michael York fall for each other, while he looks at the success of Stanley Baker, another professor with a TV show. Brilliant characterisation, writing and photography – and what an ending! Pinter was a brilliant screenwriter and one of the thrills of the late, lamented Museum of the Moving Image, bizarrely enough, was seeing his original scripts for this and other films directed by Losey – remember The Servant! Wow. It’s the little things.

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