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Longing and romance have probably never been portrayed as touchingly on the big screen as in David Lean’s superior forties classic.

A masterpiece of British cinema, Brief Encounter might be over seventy years old, it remains one of the most compelling love stories ever to grace the silver screen.

In just eighty-odd minutes director David Lean and writer Noel Coward evoke romance, forbidden passions and heartache to touching effect.

Helped by indelible performances by Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard and a sublime cinematography the film doesn't settle for easy sentiment. It achieves that rarest of things: relatable emotions, enhanced by superior artistry.

release: 1945

director: David Lean

starring: Celia Johnson, Trevor Howard, Noel Coward, Stanley Holloway


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