Noël Coward Screenplays: In Which We Serve, Brief Encounter, The Astonished Heart

Noël Coward Screenplays: In Which We Serve, Brief Encounter, The Astonished Heart

by Noël Coward, Barry Day

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Overview

This collection brings together three of Coward's most important screenplays – In Which We Serve (1942), Brief Encounter (1945) and The Astonished Heart (1950). The collection features the shooting scripts for each film alongside contextual notes for each play, and a general introduction, by Barry Day.

In Which We Serve
earned Coward an Academy Honorary Award in 1943 as well as the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Film. The film remains a classic of wartime British cinema.

Brief Encounter, the most famous screenplay in this collection, is based on Coward's 1936 one-act play Still Life. It remains one of the greatest love stories of all time, coming second in a British Film Institute poll of the top 100 British films.

The Astonished Heart tells the story of a psychiatrist's growing obsession for a good-time girl and the resulting tragedy this leads to.

This collection features a foreword by Laurence Kardish, Senior Curator Emeritus, Film, at New York's MoMA, and an eight-page black and white plate section of production stills.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781472568298
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 11/19/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 512
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Noël Coward was one of Britain's most iconic writers, with a glittering career and innumerable hits to his name.

Barry Day, OBE, is the author or editor of numerous books and plays with an emphasis on theatre - particularly musical theatre. He has published many volumes on the work of Noël Coward. Barry Day has an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Westminster.

Noël Coward was born in 1899 in Teddington, Middlesex. He made his name as a playwright with The Vortex (1924), in which he also appeared. His numerous other successful plays included Fallen Angels (1925), Hay Fever (1925), Private Lives (1933), Design for Living (1933) and Blithe Spirit (1941). During the war he wrote screenplays such as Brief Encounter (1944) and In Which We Serve (1942). In the fifties he began a new career as a cabaret entertainer. He published volumes of verse and a novel (Pomp and Circumstance, 1960), two volumes of autobiography and four volumes of short stories: To Step Aside (1939), Star Quality (1951), Pretty Polly Barlow (1964) and Bon Voyage (1967). He was knighted in 1970 and died three years later in Jamaica.
Barry Day, OBE, is the author or editor of numerous books and plays with an emphasis on theatre - particularly musical theatre. He has published many volumes on the work of Noël Coward. Barry Day has an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Westminster.

Table of Contents

Introduction by Barry Day
In Which We Serve commentary
In Which We Serve
Brief Encounter commentary
Brief Encounter
The Astonished Heart commentary
The Astonished Heart

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