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Brief Encounter (1945)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  24 August 1946 (USA)
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Meeting a stranger in a railway station, a woman is tempted to cheat on her husband.

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At a café on a railway station, housewife Laura Jesson meets doctor Alec Harvey. Although they are both already married, they gradually fall in love with each other. They continue to meet every Thursday in the small café, although they know that their love is impossible. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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A story of the most precious moments in woman's life!

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Drama | Romance

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24 August 1946 (USA)  »

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Begegnung  »

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£170,000 (estimated)
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Although there was no mention of it in the script, David Lean was so intrigued with the station's clock that he made frequent use of it in the film. This actually required making dummy face for it so that the times would be appropriate and could be read more easily in long shots. See more »

Goofs

Laura runs through a downpour but is dry when she walks into the refreshment room. See more »

Quotes

Laura Jesson: Isn't it awful about people meaning to be kind?
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March Militaire
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Music by Franz Schubert
(Performed by James Whitebread on Wurlitzer organ at the Metropole Cinema. Mimed by the organist at the Palladium)
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A simple film with complex emotions
10 October 2000 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

Brief Encounter is probably one of the finest romances made by the English film industry. The story line is simple, of a married woman who meets a stranger and falls in love, belies the complexity of the emotions involved. It ends poignantly, as both parties realise that their feelings have been overshadowed by the social impossibility of their situation.

The film is particularly good at reflecting the post-war austerity and morality of England. It may change your view of railway stations forever.


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