The Accident The Family Way

23/06/2003
  |  Buy to Own: 23/06/2003
  |  210 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC

Synopsis

A double bill of British modern classics. In 'Accident' (1967) two Oxford students, William (Michael York) and Anna (Jacqueline Sassard), crash their car outside their professor Stephen's (Dirk Bogarde) house. The lecturer finds William dead and Anna in shock, and the horrifying spectacle in front of him triggers memories of their previous meetings. It transpires that Anna had been having an affair with one of the professor's colleagues, and, in a flashback to a Sunday dinner party, it is revealed what part Stephen had to play in the fall-out from the relationship. Harold Pinter provides the script for Joseph Losey's examination of emotional tumult amongst the dreaming spires. Whilst in 'The Family Way' Hywel Bennett and Hayley Mills play newlyweds living in a small, Lancashire village with the groom's dominating father (John Mills). When they are unable to consummate their marriage, the young bride determines it is her fault - neglecting to consider the bullying behaviour of the father towards her husband.