Reintroducing David Lean’s Brief Encounter

Inside Criterion / Sneak Peeks — Apr 25, 2016

Brief Encounter, David Lean’s heartbreaking 1945 tale of forbidden love (out on Blu-ray tomorrow), remains one of the screen’s all-time most romantic films. Adapted for the screen by Noël Coward from his 1936 one-act play Still Life, Lean’s film stars Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard as an English housewife and a married doctor who fall in love after meeting on a train platform. While the pair’s chaste affections reflect the social mores of the time, their enduring passion offers a palpable reminder of love’s power to change our lives. Today, on the eve of our Blu-ray release of Lean’s masterpiece, we’re sharing the original trailer for the film, which highlights its sweeping love story and the deep emotion embodied by its stars.