Monday, September 20, 2010

Movie of the Week - Brief Encounter

This week’s movie is Brief Encounter (1945).

The film is about a woman who meets a stranger in a railway station on a visit to the city. She finds herself attracted to the man and is tempted to cheat on her husband. The romance drama is directed by David Lean, who is one of the all-time greats (for example, the BAFTA Best Director award is named after him – he is best known for his films Lawrence of Arabia and The Bridge on the River Kwai). He garnered his first Oscar nod for the film. Cinematographer Robert Krasker shot the film (he also photographed the classic The Third Man). Stars Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard have very good chemistry and the film works incredibly well thanks to their performances, and of course Lean’s direction. What makes the film great is that it is a very simple film, yet it has such a lasting impact on the viewer. Its tragic love story is moving and interesting in that it questions the true nature and sanctity of fidelity vs. love. It is a must see for fans of romances and those looking to see all the classic canonized films, as this is certainly one of them. Check out the trailer.

Brief Encounter is available on Blu-ray and DVD on, Netflix Instant Queue or on

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