Brief Encounter

Brief Encounter

by Richard Dyer

Paperback(2nd ed. 2015)

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Brief Encounter (1945), adapted from Noel Coward's play Still Life, is a classic of British cinema – a tale of impossible love between a married woman and a man she meets while waiting for a train. Though it's a film made by men, it is the woman's voice we hear recounting the story of a small-town love affair and her renunciation of it.

In his lucid analysis of the film, Richard Dyer explores how its depiction of powerful feelings kept under wraps is a definitive example of a particularly English style of emotional restraint, but also how it spoke to a gay audience for whom this subject – forbidden love between ordinary people – had a special resonance.

This reissued edition features original cover artwork by Rania Moudaress and a substantial new foreword that revisits the film and recent readings of it, covering its enduring legacy and adaptation for theatre and television.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781844578771
Publisher: BFI Publishing
Publication date: 11/25/2015
Series: BFI Film Classics Series
Edition description: 2nd ed. 2015
Pages: 80
Sales rank: 952,423
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.30(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

RICHARD DYER is Professor Emeritus at King's College, London and Professorial Fellow at the University of St Andrews, UK. His books include Stars (1979; 1998), The Culture of Queers (2002) and White: Essays on Race and Culture (1997).

Table of Contents

Foreword .- 1. A Lovely Film .- 2. Seven Thursdays .- 3. That Feminine Angle .- 4. So English .- Notes .- Credits .- Bibliography.

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