Brief Encounter – Criterion [DVD] (1945) *VERY RARE NEW*

Brief Encounter – Criterion [DVD] (1945) *VERY RARE NEW*


From Noël Coward’s play Still Life, legendary filmmaker David Lean deftly explores the thrill, pain, and tenderness of an illicit romance in the dour, gray Britain of 1945. From a chance meeting on a train platform, a middle-aged married doctor (Trevor Howard) and a suburban housewife (Celia Johnson) enter into a quietly passionate, ultimately doomed love affair, set to a swirling Rachmaninoff score. Criterion is proud to present Lean’s award-winning masterpiece a beautifully restored digital transfer.

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Returning home from a shopping trip to a nearby town, bored suburban housewife Laura Jesson (Celia Johnson) is thrown by happenstance into an acquaintance with virtuous doctor Alec Harvey (Trevor Howard). Their casual friendship soon develops during their weekly visits into something more emotionally fulfilling than either expected, and they must wrestle with the potential havoc their deepening relationship would have on their lives and the lives of those they love.
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Brief Encounter

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Directed by David Lean
Produced by
Written by
  • Noël Coward
  • Anthony Havelock-Allan
  • David Lean
  • Ronald Neame
Based on Still Life
1936 play
by Noël Coward
Music by Sergei Rachmaninoff
Cinematography Robert Krasker
Edited by Jack Harris
Distributed by Eagle-Lion Distributors
Release date
13 November 1945 (Premiere, London)
26 November 1945 (UK)
Running time
86 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget $1 million

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Weight 0.6 lbs
Dimensions 5.3 × 0.5 × 7.3 in


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