Brief Encounter has long legacy as heartbreaker

Before David Lean had become the director of such cinematic epics as Lawrence of Arabia, Dr Zhivago and Ryan’s Daughter, there was his Brief Encounter (1945), a humble black-and-white screen love affair between a married doctor and a London suburban

21st August, 2015
David Lean’s 1945 film Brief Encounter: the RTÉ Concert Orchestra will play its orchestral score at the NCH next Saturday

However, the seeming commonplace nature of that film about middle-class people trapped in the rigid morals of the mid-1940s never fails to pull the heartstrings and its popularity has endured, and even increased, down the years.

It is still regarded as the most memorable romance in British cinema history.

The key to its success was the plain ordinariness of the doomed lovers, played to heart-breaking perfection by Trevor Howard and Celia Johnson.

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