Brief Encounter, September 19
Ralph Richardson is an industrialist driven to create a supersonic plane in this drama that anticipates Lean's later epics.
The enigmatic Ann Todd plays Madeleine Smith, the center of a real-life murder case in 1850s Glasgow, in this moody romantic mystery.
Lean's second Dickens adaptation is “textbook-perfect cinema.”-Village Voice
This gorgeous rediscovery is a fascinating counterpart to Brief Encounter, starring Trevor Howard and Lean's then wife Ann Todd.
In the story of one middle-class family, Lean and Noel Coward create a microcosm of Britain between the wars. “Of all Lean's early work, it remains one of his most elegant, understated and sincere.”-London Film Festival
Charles Laughton as a domineering Victorian father who gets his comeuppance from a determined daughter. “A timeless delight.”-Time Out
Noel Coward wrote, codirected, and starred in this stiff-upper-lip saga of a British naval vessel in World War II.
Noel Coward's cynical wit takes a supernatural turn as Rex Harrison is haunted by the ghost of his first wife.
Lean vividly renders young Pip's rise in “the most felicitous adaptation of a Dickens novel ever.”-Village Voice
Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard in a true classic of thwarted passion. “Only those with a heart and brain of stone could fail to be moved.”-Guardian (U.K.)