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Brief Encounter

David Lean

 
Brief Encounter (Criterion DVD)

DVD

1 Disc

SRP: $39.95

Out of Print
  • United Kingdom
  • 1945
  • 86 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.37:1
  • English
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  • Spine #76

After a chance meeting on a train platform, a married doctor (Trevor Howard) and a suburban housewife (Celia Johnson) enter into a muted but passionate, ultimately doomed, love affair. With its evocatively fog-enshrouded setting, swooning Rachmaninoff score, and pair of remarkable performances (Johnson was nominated for an Oscar for her role), David Lean’s film of Noël Coward’s play Still Life deftly explores the thrill, pain, and tenderness of an illicit romance, and has influenced many a cinematic brief encounter since its release.

Cast

Laura JessonCelia Johnson
Dr. Alec HarveyTrevor Howard
Fred JessonCyril Raymond
Albert GodbyStanley Holloway
Myrtle BagotJoyce Carey
Beryl WatersMargaret Barton
Stephen LynnValentine Dyall
Dolly MessiterEverley Gregg

Credits

Produced byNoël Coward
DirectorDavid Lean
From the play Still Life byNoël Coward
Adapted byDavid Lean, Ronald Neame and Anthony Havelock-Allan
Director of photographyRobert Krasker
In charge of productionAnthony Havelock-Allan
Art directorL. P. Williams
Film editorJack Harris
MusicRachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2
Played byEileen Joyce and with the National Symphony Orchestra
Conducted byMuir Mathieson

Disc Features

SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • New high-definition digital transfer of the BFI National Archive’s 2008 restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Audio commentary by film historian Bruce Eder
  • New interview about the film with Noël Coward scholar Barry Day
  • A Profile of “Brief Encounter,” a short documentary from 2000 on the making of the film
  • David Lean: A Self Portrait, a 1971 television documentary on Lean’s career
  • Trailer

Film Essays

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“Riskiest Thing I Ever Did”: Notes on Brief Encounter

By Kevin BrownlowMarch 27, 2012

At a turning point in his career, David Lean adapted a short Noël Coward play into one of the . . . Read more »


Film Essays

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When Noël Met David . . .

By Ian ChristieMarch 27, 2012

In which an already iconic playwright comes to appreciate cinema and a soon-to-be legendary . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Brief Encounter

By Adrian TurnerJune 26, 2000

Brief Encounter was the fourth and final film that David Lean made in association with Noël . . . Read more »

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Film Essays

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“Riskiest Thing I Ever Did”: Notes on Brief Encounter

By Kevin BrownlowMarch 27, 2012

At a turning point in his career, David Lean adapted a short Noël Coward play into one of the . . . Read more »


Film Essays

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When Noël Met David . . .

By Ian ChristieMarch 27, 2012

In which an already iconic playwright comes to appreciate cinema and a soon-to-be legendary . . . Read more »


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Noël Coward in New York

March 07, 2012

A celebration of one of the great cosmopolites of the twentieth century, in one of the . . . Read more »


News

From Stage to Screen to Stage

December 04, 2009

Brief Encounter, that eternal model of restraint, is coming out of its shell in a play opening . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Brief Encounter

By Adrian TurnerJune 26, 2000

Brief Encounter was the fourth and final film that David Lean made in association with Noël . . . Read more »