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u.k. drama 1946 bw 86 min.
Director: David Lean
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1 disc, catalog # CC1400L

David Lean's direction, Noel Coward's screenplay, and Rachmaninoff's Second Piano Concerto meld unforgettably in Brief Encounter. A missed train connection leads to a love affair between a happily married housewife and a passionate doctor, acted with perfect understatement by Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard. The 1945 film, from Lean's pre-epic period, is stunningly crafted and beautifully observed. Brief Encounter is, by turns, as exhilarating and heartbreaking as the affair it depicts. Criterion's edition features a new digital transfer, audio commentary by Bruce Eder, and the theatrical trailer.

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