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3.8
500 Ratings

Accident

Directed by Joseph Losey
United Kingdom, 1967
Crime, Drama

Synopsis

Vain and insecure Oxford don Stephen’s life is thrown into turmoil when he falls in love with one of his students, Anna, who has also attracted the attention of William, a wealthy student, and Charley, a colleague of whose professional success and self-confidence Stephen is profoundly envious.

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Accident Directed by Joseph Losey

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

1967 | Winner: Grand Prize of the Jury

National Board of Review

1967 | Winner: Top Ten Films

BAFTA Awards

1968 | 4 nominations including: Best British Actor

Golden Globes (USA)

1968 | Nominee: Best English-Language Foreign Film

Exemplary of Losey and Pinter at their best, Accident takes its time exploring a complex milieu. Occasionally it displays a caressing attitude to the privileges it imagines accrue to randy Oxford dons, but it is otherwise restrained in its use of objets d’art and astringent about the world it describes.
June 27, 2018
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The style of Accident, tonally and visually, is icy and reticent. Losey’s shots are artfully and archly composed, sometimes forcing you to struggle for a moment with what you’re seeing or with what part of the image you should be noticing. Many scenes seem drained of context and also of vitality—bright colors and even ambient sound have been leached out—but they’re all presented as pregnant with meaning.
April 12, 2017
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Having been enthralled by Accident since first encountering it on late night television over thirty years ago, later viewings left me with the sense that the film was a precursor to a second British New Wave… Accident is Losey’s confessional, a self-examination of his own contradictions, his place in British cinema and of the medium at that time. Accident was not a step in a new direction; instead it is slamming of the door on his British cottage industry.
March 17, 2017
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