Joseph Losey (1967)

12A Certificate


Our Score
Shimmeringly photographed by Gerry Fisher, Oxford and its surrounding countryside have never looked as beautiful as in this delicious exercise in character assassination. Dirk Bogarde and Stanley Baker seize upon every opportunity presented in Harold Pinter's merciless script, as two Oxford dons become infatuated with the same student, and donnish civility only thinly veils the disappointment, lust and cruelty of unfulfilled middle age. Michael York, Delphine Seyrig and Vivien Merchant also give impeccable performances as those unfortunate enough to be caught up in Bogarde and Baker's mind games. Preying on their weaknesses, Joseph Losey's relentless direction leaves the characters with few hiding places, particularly during the squirmingly uncomfortable Sunday supper. This is brilliant film-making.


The aftermath of a car crash in Oxford exposes deceit and suppressed passion. A frustrated, middle-aged and married professor is reinvigorated by his affair with one of his students, who also happens to be engaged. But their clandestine relationship is doomed to end in tragedy. Drama, scripted by Harold Pinter and starring Dirk Bogarde, Jacqueline Sassard, Stanley Baker, Vivien Merchant and Michael York.

Cast & Crew

Stephen Dirk Bogarde
Charley Stanley Baker
Anna Jacqueline Sassard
Francesca Delphine Seyrig
Provost Alexander Knox
William Michael York
Rosalind Vivien Merchant
Bell Harold Pinter
Laura Ann Firbank
Police sergeant Brian Phelan
Director Joseph Losey
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: BFIAvailable on: video and DVDReleased on: 5 Jun 2009