Saturday 28 October @ 3.30pm | Arc Cinema| $16/13
1945| CTC | 86 mins| UK | D: David Lean
This is Celia Johnson’s film. She is always centre-screen with a mesmerising performance as a vulnerable, hesitant woman, lonely in her marriage, drawn into an affair with a comforting stranger she meets in a railway station cafe. Lean spoke about the film as an “eavesdrop”, and he side-steps Noel Coward’s dialogue to build the film sensitively around the looks, gestures and silences that convey the repressed emotion of the woman’s indecision and yearning. Her inner turmoil is counterpointed by the cheerless tea-room and the bleak nightscapes of the city - locations carefully visualised by Lean to represent the lack of human warmth in her life thus far. The bold use of Rachmaninoff on the soundtrack greatly intensifies the emotional crisis.
BRIEF ENCOUNTER – TRAILER (youtube): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGDCTlVWduk
Preceded by N OR NW (7 mins)