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  • Actors: Dirk Bogarde, Stanley Baker, Jacqueline Sassard, Delphine Seyrig, Alexander Knox
  • Directors: Joseph Losey
  • Producers: Joseph Losey, Norman Priggen
  • Format: Import, Blu-ray, Widescreen
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 8 April 2013
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BM8WAW0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,862 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Stephen (Dirk Bogarde – The Servant) is a middle-aged professor at Oxford University. Stifled by his life of marriage and academia, he yearns for an affair with his beautiful and enigmatic student Anna (Jacqueline Sassard – Les Biches). He is locked into a battle for Anna’s affection against her fiancé, William (Michael York – Logan’s Run), whose youthful vitality he envies, and with his friend and academic rival Charley (Stanley Baker - Zulu), whose media profile and sexual success he covets.

Along with The Go-Between and The Servant, Accident is one of the three film collaborations between legendary director Joseph Losey and playwright Harold Pinter. Often acknowledged as the pinnacle of Losey’s distinguished career, Accident is a compelling and unforgettable masterpiece.

Special Features


• Interview with Dirk Bogarde biographer John Coldstream
• Interview with Harry Pinter expert Harry Burton
• Interview with feminist author and academic Melanie Williams
• Interview with film critic Tim Robey
• Joseph Losey and Harold Pinter discuss Accident (1957)
• Talking About Accident documentary featuring an interview with Harry Pinter

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By technoguy VINE VOICE on 27 Jun. 2009
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Joseph Losey's partnership with Pinter(as screenwriter) came from their similar attitudes to the English class system. This was the second of their 3 collaborations.Losey was left wing and had a distinctive European sensibility. He also uses two European actresses, Delphine Seyrig and Jaqueline Sassard.This is his masterpiece, based on a Nicholas Mosley novel . Pinter takes the austerity of the novel with its minimal dialogue and explores what is not said and what is not done.The film starts with an accident, and Stephen a middle-aged Oxford don( who teaches philosophy), finds the overturned car outside his property. Two of his students,William and Anna, were on their way to see him. William is dead and Stephen(Bogarde), rescues Anna(Sassard),who had been driving and is drunk and has no license to drive.Stephen is the only one who knew she was driving or in the car at all.He protects Anna from the consequences, by taking her to his house(his wife Vivian Merchant is in hospital,pregnant). In the event, the police do not find out that Anna was either in, or driving the car. There follows flash-backs leading up to the event.

Stephen is married with two children and one on the way. He is comfortable, and lives in a beautiful house.He likes his two aristocratic students, William(a very good Yorke)and Anna,an Austrian princess, who he teaches philosophy. He acts as a go-between for the two of them.Stephen has a competitive relationship with his friend Charley(Baker) an academic and novelist who appears on TV and is married. Stephen learns that Charley is having an affair with Anna. He encourages Charley to make things up with his wife.What is noticeable about this film is it hasn't aged and could have been made yesterday.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Wakefield, 2011 on 2 May 2009
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Dirk Bogarde felt his performance in this film was the best of his career, because the character he portrayed had so little in common with the real D.B.

I don't know whether I'd entirely go along with that, but there's no denying that this is one of his finest, if not the peak: you'll never forget the way he says 'And sex' at the conclusion of the dinner scene - a lifetime of contempt, derision and self-loathing encapsulated in the delivery of two short words.

Elsewhere, Pinter - possibly the finest writer for the screen who ever lived - turns in the usual masterly screenplay, which Losey directs with his customary aplomb. Stanley Baker gives an excellent turn as Bogarde's more successful colleague (though it's a bit difficult to picture him as an Oxford don)and the photography is quite beautiful. Vivien Merchant, in a minor role, is a major joy.

It's really very superficial to describe this film as a lot of rich kids grumbling about life...that's entirely to miss the point: the film is a study of human weakness, among other things. That it happens to be set amongst the dreaming spires of Oxford is coincidental.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. V. M. Foster on 16 Jan. 2014
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another 60s film that burst on the screens full of realism - taken from the novel was it Pinter cant remember -- but again it brought Bogarde and Michael Yorke bursting onto our screens = this was technicolour not black and white but had that haunting 60s music that was so often present - tale of the university crowd and the events that followed - wonderfully portrayed acted - atmosphere-here all the way - i loved it
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. G. M. Phillips on 13 May 2009
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One of Joseph Losey's best films demonstrating also what an excellent "film" actor Dirk Bogarde was.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Green Knight on 15 Mar. 2009
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I'm sorry, but I fail to see what is so wonderful about this rather self-indulgent tosh.

Yes, it's nicely photographed, and the performances are good - but so they should be: the cast is a magnificent one.

For me, the problem is the film itself.

Frankly, it's boring.

Pinter's screenplay is boring, centred on self-indulgent and boring people, about whom it is impossible to care. After a very short time, I want to give most of them a hearty slap and tell them to lighten up and stop being ... so boring.

Maybe that's the whole point - in which case I've missed the point completely, but
I can't help wondering if we are perhaps so in awe of Pinter and his extraordinary theatrical and filmic legacy that we daren't admit that he can sometimes be a wee bit in love with himself, and that what we are watching is not so much brilliantly clever and loaded with subtext and menace, but just ... plain boring.

Save your money and buy 'The Servant' instead. Pinter and Bogarde again - but fascinating this time. And anything but boring.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Estela Vargas on 20 Sept. 2013
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As usual, I've always enjoyed (and always will) any film of Dirk Bogarde and this gem it is not the exception.
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By ndb on 26 Mar. 2015
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The movie is brilliant - but sadly it got lost in the mail.
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