Synopsis: The Oxford professor of philosophy Stephen has two favorite pupils, the athletic aristocrat William and the Austrian Anna von Graz. Stephen is a frustrated man, with a negligent wife, Rosalind, who is pregnant of their third child, and is envious of the Oxford professor Charley that has a television show. Stephen feels attracted to Anna, but William woos her and she becomes his girlfriend. Charley has a love affair with Anna but when things go wrong, Anna must leave town.
Genre: Crime, Drama
Director(s): Joseph Losey
Production: Rialto Pictures
  Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 5 wins & 6 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
105 min





You're standing on his face!

You can walk.

I'm going to telephone.

Can you walk?

Yes, I'm... I'm afraid so.

Thank you.

Were you driving?

Don't worry.

Drink it.

In there.

Er, sit, sit down.

No, it's... it's all right.

Yours is the only house

for some distance.

So he must've been coming

to see you.

He was.

You were expecting?



Did you know him well?

He was my pupil.

He was your pupil at the university?


He wanted to talk to me

about something.

You found...

You found the car at 1:45am.

He was going to a party

and then coming on to me.

It looks as though

he was pretty drunk.

There was whisky all over the car.

I don't know what it was all about.

I mean, I-I don't know what he wanted

to t-t-t-talk to me about.

He probably wanted my advice

about something.


You... you haven't spoken to her?


Just seen her?

I've just seen her walking about.

A little.

And you like the... the look of her?

Yes. I do.

- What am I supposed to do about it?

- Nothing at all.

Oh, good.

I'd just like to know

what you think of her, that's all.

You realise I'm... I'm her tutor?


I also realise you're my tutor.

And as her tutor her moral welfare

must be my first consideration.

Ah! You mean that besides being

her tutor, you're also her protector?

Move round

so I can get out of here.

You know, I mean,

I refuse to encourage

or countenance male lust

as directed against

any of my women students.

- Well said!

- Thank you.

Anyway, what's her name,

for God's sake?

Hm? Her name? Her name?

Oh, I remember her name.

It's Anna von Graz und Leoben.

- German?

- Austrian.

Come on!

What do you think of her?

I don't think.

I thought thinking was your job.

Well, not about that.

You're not past it, are you?


It's her!

- She's coming for her second tutorial.

- You didn't tell me.

She's talking to the goat.

They speak German.

That'll keep you busy.

Why don't you wait?

I'll introduce you. Hm?

No. Not now. Really.

You intend to go it alone, do you?


- Without an introduction?

-That's right.

Philosophy is a process of enquiry only.

It doesn't attempt to find

specific answers to specific questions.

She loves her dad.

She hasn't eaten anything today.

- Hello, Ted.

- Hello.

What has she eaten?

Some milk pudding for lunch.

That's all right.

Hey, Clarissa, come on.

Come on.

And then what?

There you are.

How many moons has Jupiter got?

I don't know.

- How many moons?

- 12 moons.


Do you want to get the book

about the elephants? Off you go.

I've got a new, um...

new pupil.


- She's an Austrian princess.

- Is she?

How do you know she's a princess?

She's got a very long name.

Has she got golden hair?

Erm... no.

- Then she's a fake.

- I've found it I think!

She's very sunburnt.

Down you get.

Then she's definitely not a princess.

She is a princess!

I knew I found it.

Come on.

Up you come, madam.

You sit over here.

There in the corner with me.

There we are.

- Now, who's going to start?

- You start.

All right. Where?



Has she made advances to you?

Oh, no. I'm too old.

You're not too old for me.

I know that. Now, come on.

Who's going to start?

- Me?

- She can't read!

And I'm not too old for you.

Well, write me an essay

on what the problem is.

Or rather on what the problem

seems to you to be.

Will you?

"A statistical analysis

of sexual intercourse among students

"at Colenso University,

Milwaukee showed...

"...that 70% did it in the evening.

"29.9% between two and four

in the afternoon.

"And 0.1% during a lecture

on Aristotle."

I am surprised to hear

that Aristotle is on the syllabus

in the state of Wisconsin.

"Bus driver found in student's bed."

But was anyone found

in the bus driver's bed?

Did you ever hear the story

of my predecessor Provost Jones

and the stepladder?

It's a bizarre story.

It'll amuse you.

Provost Jones and his good lady

decided one day

to buy a stepladder...



I didn't know that you two had met.

- We have, haven't we?

- Uh-huh.

Jump in.

- Me?

- Come on. We're going up river.



You look very dignified.

I feel wet.

- You don't look wet!

- I don't look wet?

Nobody looked at you as though you

were wet. They thought you were normal.

I'm getting old.

Don't you understand? Old.

It's my muscles.

The muscles.

No judgement.

No judgement of distance.

It's all gone. Vanished!

I thought 40 was the prime of life.

I mean, I-I-wouldn't say you looked old.

You've still got a pretty good figure.

I tell you what, why don't you do

an hour's squash every morning?

Do you the world of good.

If you're gonna be a farmer,

why the hell are you reading philosophy?

To talk to the cows.

It's nice knowing you.

Really, you know.

You're not a bad fellow for...

a philosophy tutor.

I haven't got many friends.

- That's because you're an aristocrat.

- Oh?

All aristocrats were made to be...

- What?

- Killed.

Of course.

They're immortal.

Do you like her?


Why don't you bring her to my house

for the day?

On Sunday.


- Come for lunch.

- Marvellous.

- Well, shall I ask her?

- No.

No, I will.

This might interest you.

It expresses

a different point of view altogether.

By Charley Hall. Do you know him?

- Yes, I think...

- The archaeologist.

- Yes, I've met him.

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Harold Pinter

Harold Pinter (; 10 October 1930 – 24 December 2008) was a Nobel Prize-winning British playwright, screenwriter, director and actor. One of the most influential modern British dramatists, his writing career spanned more than 50 years. His best-known plays include The Birthday Party (1957), The Homecoming (1964), and Betrayal (1978), each of which he adapted for the screen. His screenplay adaptations of others' works include The Servant (1963), The Go-Between (1971), The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981), The Trial (1993), and Sleuth (2007). He also directed or acted in radio, stage, television, and film productions of his own and others' works. Pinter was born and raised in Hackney, east London, and educated at Hackney Downs School. He was a sprinter and a keen cricket player, acting in school plays and writing poetry. He attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art but did not complete the course. He was fined for refusing National service as a conscientious objector. Subsequently, he continued training at the Central School of Speech and Drama and worked in repertory theatre in Ireland and England. In 1956 he married actress Vivien Merchant and had a son, Daniel, born in 1958. He left Merchant in 1975 and married author Lady Antonia Fraser in 1980. Pinter's career as a playwright began with a production of The Room in 1957. His second play, The Birthday Party, closed after eight performances, but was enthusiastically reviewed by critic Harold Hobson. His early works were described by critics as "comedy of menace". Later plays such as No Man's Land (1975) and Betrayal (1978) became known as "memory plays". He appeared as an actor in productions of his own work on radio and film. He also undertook a number of roles in works by other writers. He directed nearly 50 productions for stage, theatre and screen. Pinter received over 50 awards, prizes, and other honours, including the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2005 and the French Légion d'honneur in 2007. Despite frail health after being diagnosed with oesophageal cancer in December 2001, Pinter continued to act on stage and screen, last performing the title role of Samuel Beckett's one-act monologue Krapp's Last Tape, for the 50th anniversary season of the Royal Court Theatre, in October 2006. He died from liver cancer on 24 December 2008. more…

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