Brief encounter

United Kingdom, 1945

Film
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Dr. Alex Harvey (Trevor Howard) and Laura Jesson (Celia Johnson) meet at a railway station and fall in love. Married to other people in middle-class suburban England, they nevertheless maintain an acquaintanceship on her shopping trips to town which deepens into a friendship which blossoms into forbidden love. This is the original screen version of Noel Coward’s one act play, “Still Life”. Atmospherically directed by David Lean, “Brief Encounter” is an evergreen romance classic of post-war English cinema with seamless performances from the leading actors and an excellent music score borrowing heavily from Rachmaninoff. The screenplay was also written by Noel Coward.

Credits

director
producer

Noel Coward

production company

Cineguild

Duration

01:26:00:00

Production places
United Kingdom
Production dates
1945

Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

37164

Language

English

Audience classification

MA

Subject categories

Adaptations

Feature films

Feature films → Feature films - Great Britain

Literature → English literature - Film and video adaptations

Literature → Literature

Romance

Sound/audio

Sound

Colour

Black and White

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

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