A cool, cruel study of male repression

Director Jospeh Losey, writer Harold Pinter and star Dirk Bogarde’s follow-up to The Servant (1963) is a cool, cruel study of male repression and urbane emotional savagery.

A car crash provides a framing device for a flashback plot about two Oxford dons (Bogarde, Stanley Baker), one student (Michael York) and the woman (Jacqueline Sassard) they all fixate on.

Little happens, but Pinter’s loaded dialogue, Losey’s elliptical direction and Bogarde’s minimalism seethe with teasing tension.

Extras brim with critical commentators.

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