Brief Encounter

Brief Encounter

Directed by David Lean • 1945 • United Kingdom

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.

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Brief Encounter
  • Brief Encounter

    Directed by David Lean • 1945 • United Kingdom

    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 Rachmanin...

Extras

  • BRIEF ENCOUNTER Commentary

    Recorded in 1995, this audio commentary features film historian Bruce Eder.

  • Barry Day on BRIEF ENCOUNTER

    In the following interview, recorded in October 2011, Noël Coward expert Barry Day, author of “Coward on Film: The Cinema of Noël Coward,” discusses BRIEF ENCOUNTER.

  • David Lean: A Self Portrait

    An intimate look at the career of David Lean, this 1971 documentary by Thomas Craven features an extensive interview with the director, who discusses his work and his approach to filmmaking.