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Accident - Wellington Film Society


Mon 20 Jul 2015, 6:15pm–8:00pm

Where: The Paramount Theatre, 25 Courtenay Place, Wellington

Restrictions: M

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Accident (Joseph Losey, UK 1967) 105 mins M

Accident, directed by Wisconsin–born Joseph Losey and scripted by playwright Harold Pinter, does for the midlife crisis what The Graduate did for coming of age, taking a traditional drama about sexual longing and middle-class ennui and reinvigorating it for a time when popular art demanded something new. The film tells the story of Stephen (Dirk Bogarde), a 40-year-old professor of philosophy at Oxford who spends his summer tutoring Anna (Jacqueline Sassard), a beautiful student with whom he finds himself enamored, and William (Michael York), the virile jock she's jubilantly courting. Stephen's silent yearning becomes unbearable when he discovers that Anna is also sleeping with Charley (Stanley Baker), his esteemed colleague, whose success at work and with women ignites the fuse of Stephen's resentment. Accident charts the slow burn down to detonation, the tension mounting with the threat of violence. Losey and Pinter locate the pain that lurks deep within complacency, and the film positively throbs with it. It's an old idea, perhaps. But in their hands it hurts anew. - Calum Marsh, Village Voice.

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