Stanley Baker
Joseph Losey's restored 'Accident' high on shock value
Joseph Losey's restored 'Accident' high on shock value

Based on a Nicholas Mosley novel adapted by Harold Pinter early in his screenwriting career (after a decade as a playwright), Joseph Losey's "Accident" shared the Grand Prize at the 1967 Cannes Film Festival. The film was restored by the British Film Institute in 2009 to celebrate the centenary of Losey and lands back in theaters this weekend. Dirk Bogarde stars as Stephen, an Oxford professor undergoing a midlife crisis. In the opening scene, his pupils William (Michael York, in one of his first screen roles) and Anna (Jacqueline Sassard) flip their car sideways while en route to visit Stephen. Flashbacks reveal that Stephen has fancied Anna while deliberately steering her toward both his...