Archive Cinema City 2008.

Brief Encounter

Brief Encounter

Genre: Romance / Drama
Country: UK
Year: 1945.
Duration: 86 min

Director: David Lean
Scenario: Noel Coward (drama "Still Life"), Anthony Havelock-Allan, David Lean, Ronald Neame

Cast: Celia Johnson, Trevor Howard, Stanley Holloway, Joyce Carey, Cyril Raymond

Programme selection: Peđa's Film Collection

Laura (Celia Johnson) is a seemingly happy, middle-class housewife who meets the equally married physician Alec (a young Trevor Howard in only his third screen role) when he removes a speck of dust from her eye at a London railway station. The pair soon find themselves drawn together through weekly meetings at the station cafe, their casual encounters blooming into a chaste love affair marked by intimate conversation, longing glances--and the tragic realization that neither of them will be able to break the bonds of social propriety that keep them wedded to other people. Seen by some as quintessentially English, Lean's achingly lovely exploration of the conflicting demands of personal happiness and social responsibility remains nonetheless universal and timeless. Johnson and Howard's nuanced performances, Robert Krasker's shadowy cinematography, and a soundtrack of hauntingly romantic Rachmaninov piano concertos only add to the film's aura of quiet desperation.

Best Actress in a Leading Role (Celia Johnson), Best Director, Best Writing, Screenplay, 1947 Academy Awards, USA

Grand Prize of the Festival, 1946 Cannes Film Festival
Best Actress (Celia Johnson), 1946 New York Film Critics Circle Awards

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