Brief Encounter (1945)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

United Kingdom, 1945Cineguild.  Screenplay by , David Lean, , based on the play Still Life by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by Noel Coward.  Music by , , .  Production Design by .  Film Editing by .  

A decades-beloved romantic classic that truly deserves its place among the greats. David Lean adapts Noel Coward’s intimate play Still Life into a moving account of two souls who meet on a train station platform and begin a mild affair.

Things soon get heated up, but they are both married to other individuals and can’t muck up their morals by getting carried away with themselves. Celia Johnson gives a powerfully frank and natural performance as the conflicted woman, earning the respect of worldwide critics for abandoning more melodramatic acting styles that were in common usage in films at the time.

The Criterion Collection:  #76

Academy Award Nominations:  Best Actress (Celia Johnson); Best Director (David Lean); Best Screenplay

Cannes Film Festival Award:  Grand Prize


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