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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I have long been of the opinion that ACCIDENT and Roeg's BAD TIMING form the greatest double bill in all cinema. They both focus on a woefully cerebral man (stuck in yo head don't always mean super smart) who, gone bonkers w/ amorous excitation, take advantage of the body of a prone woman. Love how the Losey goes full-Resnais for the brief period of time Delphine Seyrig shows up for no immediately obvious reason.
Bogarde, Baker and Seyrig: three giants of the 60's. Losey and Pinter: three popes of the Unsaid (I know that they are in fact only two but it sounded better in the sentence). Jacqueline Sassard! Well, Jacqueline Sassard. Maybe more a frosty Italian Marquess than an Austrian Princess after all. Finally, I love when philosophy teachers have the same problems as their pupils. Highly recommended.
Oeuvre dense et puissante, exaltant la richesse des non-dits et la permanente ambivalence des rapports humains, dans laquelle écrivain, acteurs et réalisateur se transcendent admirablement pour notre plus grand contentement !
After the wonderful perversion of The Servant, this feels lacklustre. Its cynicism is premeditated, and it just drags too much in its commentary on power struggle. Like reading a less-inspired novel by the likes of Martin Amis or the such.