Cinema: X-Ray Treatment

Accident. A metal-crunching car crash shatters the silence of a warm Oxford night. In the wreck lie a boy (Michael York), mangled and dead, and a beautiful girl (Jacqueline Sassard), in shock but uninjured. A university don (Dirk Bogarde) runs to the car, recognizes its occupants as his students, and gives the girl his hand. As she emerges, she steps on the dead boy's face—an act that symbolizes what is past in her life and what is to come in the film. The don takes the girl into his home, puts her to sleep on his bed, and . . .

Abruptly,...

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