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Brief Encounter

David Lean

 
Brief Encounter (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • 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) begin a muted but passionate, and ultimately doomed, love affair. With its evocatively fog-enshrouded setting, swooning Rachmaninoff score, and pair of remarkable performances (Johnson was nominated for an Oscar), this film, directed by David Lean and based on 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 and Ronald Neame
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

  • High-definition digital transfer of the BFI National Archive’s 2008 restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary from 2000 by film historian Bruce Eder
  • Interview from 2012 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
  • PLUS: An essay by historian Kevin Brownlow

Film Essays

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

By Kevin Brownlow March 27, 2012

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


Film Essays

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When Noël Met David . . .

By Ian Christie March 27, 2012

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


Film Essays

Brief Encounter

By Adrian Turner June 26, 2000

Brief Encounter was the fourth and final film that David Lean made in association with Noël Coward. Derived from Still Life, a one-act play which Coward included in the portmanteau Tonight 8:30, . . . Read more »

Announcements

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Essential Art House On Sale

November 30, 2016

Catch up on the classics! Select Essential Art House DVD releases are on sale starting at $9. Makes a great stocking stuffer! Read more »


Video

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Reintroducing David Lean’s Brief Encounter

April 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 . . . Read more »


Photo Galleries

In the Mood for Love

February 14, 2016


Clippings

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Noël Coward’s Enduring Encounter with Film

January 06, 2016

Celebrated English playwright, actor, screenwriter, and composer Noël Coward brought us many cinema classics, but his relationship with the medium was far from straightforward, as Coward scholar . . . Read more »


Photo Galleries


Photo Galleries


Video


Film Essays

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

By Kevin Brownlow March 27, 2012

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


Film Essays

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When Noël Met David . . .

By Ian Christie March 27, 2012

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


News

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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 cosmopolises he adored. 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 this week in New York. A touring production of the Cornwall-based company Kneehigh Theatre, this . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Brief Encounter

By Adrian Turner June 26, 2000

Brief Encounter was the fourth and final film that David Lean made in association with Noël Coward. Derived from Still Life, a one-act play which Coward included in the portmanteau Tonight 8:30, . . . Read more »

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