Tonight's Saturday Night Cinema selection is a perfect little gem of a film, Brief Encounter (1945). It is the loveliest period piece imaginable. Noble and tragic.
The understood morality of the not-so-long-ago bygone era is a shock to the senses of those forced to swim in the cesspool of today's low state of the culture. The masterful David Lean's meticulous, muted direction and Robert Krasker's cinematography gives this taut, tragic romance the Atlas five star nod. This is cornball jazz to hardened hearts and hardcore cynics, but then again, those folks are enormously tiresome, are they not? I find it quite brilliant.
"David Lean finds poetry and lyricism in Noel Coward's initimate drama about the romance between two ordinary people married to others, acted with admirable restraint by Trevor Howard and Celia Johnson." (Emanuel Levy) Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard are marvelous.
Based on Noël Coward's play "Still Life," Brief Encounter is a romantic, bittersweet drama about two married people who meet by chance in a London railway station and carry on an intense love affair. Stay with it.