Brief Encounter (1945)
Average Rating: 8.2/10
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Based on Noël Coward's play "Still Life," Brief Encounter is a romantic, bittersweet drama about two married people who meet by chance in a London railway station and carry on an intense love affair. Sentimental yet down-to-earth and set in pre-World War II England, the film follows British housewife Laura Jesson (Celia Johnson), who is on her way home, but catches a cinder in her eye. By chance, she meets Dr. Alec Harvey (Trevor Howard), who removes it for her. The two talk for a few minutes
Nov 26, 1945 Wide
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Dr. Alec Harvey
Sheer perfection-the gold standard of tragic romances whose influence can still be seen to this day.
Cyril Raymond manages to invest the stodgy character with a lovable quality.
An uncommonly good little picture -- and one which is frankly designed to appeal to that group of film-goers who are provoked by the 'usual movie tripe.'
... still embraced as one of the most romantic films ever made, and it has earned its reputation.
Haunting in its evocative mood -- one enhanced by Robert Krasker's cinematography and Lean's meticulous, muted direction -- Brief Encounter primarily hinges on the extraordinary performance by Celia Johnson.
Retrata seu par romântico com sensibilidade e complexidade (especialmente para a época), pecando apenas pela insistência em introduzir diversas cenas de alívio cômico conduzidas por Holloway e Carey.
Lovely, small-scale romance by David Lean.
Solid romantic classic directed by David Lean. Johnson and Howard are terrific.
David Lean finds poetry and lyricism in Noel Coward's initimate dram about the romance between two ordinary people married to others, acted with admirable restraint by Trevor Howard and Celia Johnson.
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