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.
- Interactive Menus
- Interviews: Joseph Losey and Harold Pinter discuss Accident (1957); Harry Pinter expert Harry Burton discussing Harold Pinter; Dirk Bogarde biographer John Coldstream discussing Dirk Bogarde; Melanie Williams (feminist author and academic); Tim Robey (film critic)
- Other Documentary: Talking About Accident documentary featuring an interview with Harry Pinter