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The Next Reel • Season 13 • Series: 1947 Academy Award Best Writing Screenplay Nominees • Brief Encounter

Brief Encounter

“This is my whole world, and it’s enough – or rather it was until a few weeks ago.”

David Lean had already adapted Noël Coward three times for the silver screen by the time he set out to adapt Brief Encounter. Clearly, he connected with Coward’s material, and also proven himself adept at it. His last adaptation of Coward’s work is the one-act play “Still Life,” and with that he made a touching and heartbreaking movie – at least for some. Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we continue our 1947 Academy Award Best Writing Screenplay nominees series with Lean’s 1945 film Brief Encounter.

Here’s a hint at what we talk about.
We set things up with a bit of a chat about Coward and his plays, comparing him a bit to Neil Simon. This film’s an expanded version of the one-act so we discuss the changes and how it reshaped the story a bit. There’s a definite split in our conversation, as Pete struggles with the lack of consumating the relationship making things such a big deal for Laura and Alec. Andy connects with it more, while certainly acknowledging the characters’ struggles feel of the time and place.

From there, we talk character and our two leads – Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard, and spend a bit of time discussing the fabulous look throughout this film and what Lean brought to the table.

We have a great time talking about it, so check it out then tune in. The Next Reel – when the movie ends, our conversation begins!

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