Monday, November 25, 2013
Summer in Oxford, and beneath the genteel surface there’s a network of resentment and cruelty between two professors (Dirk Bogarde and Stanley Baker). They’ve both dallied with the same student, who’s just been killed with her boyfriend in a car accident. Pinter’s second collaboration with Joseph Losey is even bolder than The Servant; the time shifts, the nuanced performances and the astonishing use of color and sound contribute to a quietly devastating film. One of the boldest works of a bold era. With Michael York, Vivien Merchant, Jacqueline Sassard, Alexander Knox, Delphine Seyrig and Pinter himself as Bell. “[A] movie of real suffering that is clever, delicate and urbane with the most elegant infighting in acting between Dirk Bogarde and Stanley Baker” (Manny Farber).