Brief Encounter

Brief Encounter

Celia Johnson
Director: David Lean Cast: Celia Johnson
Celia Johnson
, Trevor Howard
Trevor Howard
, Stanley Holloway
Stanley Holloway
David Lean

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Based on Noël Coward's play "Still Life," Brief Encounter is a romantic, bittersweet drama about two married people who meet by chance in a London railway station and carry on an intense love affair. Sentimental yet down-to-earth and set in pre-World War II England, the film follows British housewife Laura Jesson (Celia Johnson), who is on her way home, but catches a cinder in her eye. By chance, she meets Dr. Alec Harvey (Trevor Howard), who removes it for her. The two talk for a few minutes and strike immediate sparks, but they end up catching different trains. However, both return to the station once a week to meet and, as the film progresses, they grow closer, sharing stories, hopes, and fears about their lives, marriages, and children. One day, when Alec's train is late, both become frantic that they will miss each other. When they finally find each other, they realize that they are in love. But what should be a joyous realization is fraught with tragedy, since both care greatly for their families. Howard and Johnson give flawless performances as two practical, married people who find themselves in a situation in which they know they can never be happy.

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Product Details

Release Date: 04/26/2016
UPC: 0715515175012
Original Release: 1945
Source: Criterion Collection
Region Code: A
Presentation: [B&W]
Time: 1:26:00
Sales rank: 2,000

Special Features

High-Definition digital transfer of the BFI National Archive's 2008 restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack; Audio Commentary from 2000 by film historian Bruce Eder; Interview from 2012 with Noel 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

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Celia Johnson Laura Jesson
Trevor Howard Dr. Alec Harvey
Stanley Holloway Albert Godby
Joyce Carey Myrtle Bagot
Cyril Raymond Fred Jesson
Valentine Dyall Stephan Lynn
Everley Gregg Dolly Messiter
Margaret Barton Beryl Waters
Marjorie Mars Mary Norton
Dennis Harkin Stanley
Wilfred Babbage Policeman
Wallace Bosco Doctor
Sydney Bromley Johnnie
Jack May Boatman
Avis Scott Waitress
Richard Thomas Bobbie
Nuna Davey Mrs. Rolandson
Edward Hodge Bill
Irene Handl Organist

Technical Credits
David Lean Director,Screenwriter
Noël Coward Producer,Screenwriter
Jack Harris Editor
Anthony Havelock-Allan Producer,Screenwriter
Robert Krasker Cinematographer
Coward Lean Screenwriter
Ronald Neame Producer,Screenwriter
George Pollock Asst. Director

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