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DAVID LEAN, 1945

July 19-21 at the Trylon

After editing films such as Pygmalion and 49th Parallel, David Lean began working on features with playwright Noël Coward. These two films, made while London was still in ruins and released shortly after Germany’s surrender, are imbued with Lean’s perfect timing and melancholy humanism.

BRIEF ENCOUNTER

(1945, 86m) dir David Lean w/Celia Johnson, Trevor Howard, Stanley Holloway. In a chance meeting at a railway café, Laura Jesson (Johnson) and Alec Harvey (Howard) begin to fall for one another, though they are both already married. They continue to meet every week, knowing that their love cannot be. One of the greatest British […]

BLITHE SPIRIT

(1945, 96m) dir David Lean w/Rex Harrison, Constance Cummings, Kay Hammond, Margaret Rutherford. Charles Condomine (Harrison) and his second wife, Ruth, (Cummings) have asked a psychic (Rutherford) to give a séance. The spirit of Charles’s first wife, Elvira, (Hammond) uses the opportunity to make life difficult for Charles and Ruth. Blithe Spirit continues to delight. […]

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