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Brief Encounter


“It’s no use pretending it hasn’t happened, ‘cause it has”

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A chance meeting on a train platform sets the scene for one of the greatest screen romances of all time. In David Lean’s achingly beautiful Brief Encounter (1945), two people are left to question everything after they begin a muted, yet passionate affair. Two strangers meet in a railway station café: a doctor (Trevor Howard) and a housewife (Celia Johnson). Despite both being happily married, they fall hard and fast in love and continue to meet — even with the painful knowledge that their forbidden romance can never last.

Why See This Film

With its sparkling dialogue, remarkable performances, highly evocative mise-en-scène, and beautiful Rachmaninoff score, it’s little wonder Brief Encounter is considered one of the best films of all time. A key influence on films like Billy Wilder’s The Apartment and Todd Haynes’s Carol, it’s a must for hopeless romantics and classic film fans alike.

David Lean
Trevor Howard, Celia Johnson
86 minutes

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