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Hollywood Rewind | Brief Encounter: A lasting impression

Written by Anvita Singh
| New Delhi |

October 18, 2020 7:50:08 am


Directed by David Lean, Transient Encounter launched in 1945. (Photograph: Common Footage)

Tales of earnest, passionate extra-marital affairs isn’t a brand new idea, in terms of cinema. The story of forbidden love has been informed on celluloid for ages. And the most effective examples is the 1945 British romantic drama Transient Encounter. Directed by the celebrated David Lean, the movie revolves round Laura Jesson and Dr Alec Harvey who probability upon one another in a railway station cafe. The primary encounter is, properly, transient. However then they hold assembly till they turn into besotted with one another. What begins as harmless happenings flip right into a uncooked, however guilt-driven affair.

The film is in black-and-white, shot and produced effectively for its time. And spans solely round 90 minutes. The modifying is exact. The gorgeous Celia Johnson is ideal as they arrive in her portrayal of Laura. She longs, grieves, incessantly finds herself in a dilemma, however nonetheless has a conscience. Celia brings all the varied parts and complexities of Laura to life with magnificence and charisma. Regardless of realizing that she is within the fallacious, you can’t assist however vouch for her, hope for her happiness. The inside monologues and the narration of Laura are highly effective instruments utilized by the makers, which helps us perceive the workings of her thoughts higher.

Trevor Howard additionally does a reputable job, and naturally, seems to be the half to the T. Sadly, his presence within the film is dwarfed by Celia’s mild. This doesn’t need to do something with Trevor’s efficiency itself. The story is all about Laura, and it’s her journey of loss, self-reconciliation and acceptance that we see within the movie. That is additionally the weakest and probably the most putting high quality about Transient Encounter. The truth that it tells a story of unconsummated love, however doesn’t give equal significance to each the main characters. And that jumps out at you since you realise that it is a narrative woven from a girl’s perspective. How she reacts to discovering herself in a ‘harmful’ state of affairs and the way she handles the factor is of extra essential than Alec and Laura’s chemistry. It is a uncommon incidence, when a movie’s power additionally turns into its greatest weak spot.

Many critics have since presumed that Transient Encounter was a sort of allegory that screenwriter Noel Coward used for his personal hidden sexuality. Coward was a gay who by no means mentioned his orientation in public. Since his demise, many letters and diaries have come to mild that affirm the character of his sexuality.

Hollywood Rewind: The Truman Present | The Deer Hunter | The Shining | Clueless | Ferris Bueller’s Day Off | Blue Velvet | Taxi Driver | The Lord of the Rings I | Zero Darkish Thirty | The Godfather | Say Something | Heat Our bodies | Brilliant Star | Malcolm X | Stardust | Crimson Eye | Notting Hill | Fargo | The Virgin Suicides | The Breakfast Membership | Enchanted | Stroll the Line | Blood Diamond | Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban | Mortal Kombat | Bridges of Madison County | Edward Scissorhands | Breakfast at Tiffany’s | She’s Gotta Have It | Ever After | The Satan Wears Prada | The Matrix | Creed | Mulan | Ratatouille | Shutter Island | Her | Useless Poets Society | Sleepless in Seattle | Waitress | Delight and Prejudice | The Darkish Knight | Earlier than Sundown | College of Rock | A few Boy | A Few Good Males | 50/50 | Start Once more | Brooklyn | Drive | Chocolat | Batman Begins | 10 Issues I Hate About You | The Departed | Freedom Writers | Fairly Lady | Dan in Actual Life | Jurassic Park | Tangled | Meet Joe Black | Monster’s Ball | Everlasting Sunshine of the Spotless Thoughts | You’ve Received Mail | Half Nelson | Battle Membership | Doubt | American Psycho | Julie and Julia | Forrest Gump | The Silence of the Lambs | Discovering Neverland | Roman Vacation| American Historical past X | Tropic Thunder | Earlier than Dawn | Scent of a Lady | Discovering Forrester | Sixteen Candles

To sum it up, Transient Encounter is a wispy, delicate, pretty movie that stays with you lengthy after you have got made your full acquaintance with the fabric.

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