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BRIEF ENCOUNTER

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BRIEF ENCOUNTER

"It all started on an ordinary day in the most ordinary place in the world - the refreshment room at Milford Junction," says Laura (Celia Johnson), the middle-class heroine of the film, Brief Encounter (1946), directed by David Lean from a play by Noel Coward. To the surging accompaniment of Rachmaninoff's Second Piano Concerto, Laura, a housewife and mother, is swept off her feet by the dashing Dr Alec Harvey (Trevor Howard), also married. Despite a series of brief encounters in the railway station, their romance is doomed due to their middle-class code of decency and self-respect. Laura remains with her dull but dependable husband Fred, who spends his evenings smoking a pipe while wrestling with the Times crossword.

Carnforth Railway Station, in Lancashire, where much of this great English tearjerker was filmed, has recently been restored. The refreshment room, where Laura and Alec shared their furtive cups of tea, is once more open for business, selling delicious home baked scones.

Photo: TopFoto.co.uk The ArenaPAL Picture Library

NOMINATION 931 OF 1170

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Celia Johnson, Trevor Howard, and a screenplay by Noel Coward. The whole magnificent effort is supremely and unaffectedly English, from the rushing steam trains, the clipped vowels, and the tortured decency of the main characters, to what French critics of the time referred to as the film's 'sexual hypocrisy'! A supreme tear-jerker, and it still works its magic on the big and small screen.

Francis Wright


In any list of the greatest movies of all time David Lean's atmospheric masterpiece is there; a study of the decency and sexual repression of the English,. The eternal choice between love and duty. The Japanese love it..
Stephen O'Loughlin


The comedienne, Joanna Neary does a magnificent parody of Celia Johnson's character in her stage show. In her clipped voice, Celia describes the emotional trauma of her weekly shopping trip. See: www.joneary.co.uk/celia.htm
Peter Chrisp


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My nomination is the garden shed.

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