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(Dirk Bogarde). He’s referring to his teacher’s interest in a young, passion-arousing Austrian princess (played like a tailor’s dummy by beauteous, brown-eyed Euro-star Jacqueline Sassard), who is the sexual catalyst of this film’s lazily tragic events, seen by us in flashback.
Once a celebrated film of the British cinema ‘renaissance’ – with an impeccable pedigree in contributors Nicholas Mosley (author), Harold Pinter (screenwriter) and a director in his post-‘The Servant’ ascendancy – ‘Accident’ now seems a little self-conscious in its modernist, ‘quality’ art-cinema pretensions, its provocative sensuality and its class-observant exposure of hidden power games trumped by the clarity of, say, Polanski’s ‘Knife in the Water’.
Neverthess, it contains an interesting friction in the varied stylised realism of the performances (not least that between Bogarde and Stanley Baker, as a brasher fellow don), top-notch Eastmancolor cinematography by Gerry Fisher, an intriguing use of sound (jazzman John Dankworth’s saxy score, disrupted by the soundtrack’s banal clicking clocks or offscreen passing ambulances), all darkened by the discomforting sharpness of Losey’s foreigner’s eye.
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