Noël Coward's classic tale of a passionate affair is all the more thrilling for being played out with British reserve of the tightest order. Laura (Johnson) encounters the handsome Dr Alec (Howard) in a train station tearoom after her weekly shopping trip.
In a scene now infamous, he removes some grit from her eye but ignites a spark that burns deeper with every passing week that they meet. Both married, however, they know their romantic liaisons cannot continue. Boosted by fine supporting character actors, the film also contains comical moments one recognises as having influenced a young Victoria Wood, while the unrelenting use of Rachmaninov’s lyrical second piano concerto perfectly embodies all the fervent desire the fated pair have to contain. Restoration supported by The David Lean Foundation
Drama 2017 108 mins Director: Tali Shalom Ezer
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Comedy 2018 86 mins Director: Simon Amstell
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Drama 2018 119 mins Director: Barry Jenkins
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Comedy 2018 81 mins Director: Annemarie van de Mond
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Comedy 1940 112 mins Director: George Cukor
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Romance 2018 92 mins Director: Vicente Alves Do Ó
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Crime 1926 91 mins Silent Director: Alfred Hitchcock
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Period drama 1925 91 mins Silent Director: Rupert Julian
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Animation & Artists Moving Image 2015 80 mins Director: Andrew Kötting
The latest psycho-geographical excursion from Andrew Kötting and Iain Sinclair
Drama 2013 92 mins Director: Paul Wright
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Biopic 1988 84 mins Director: Terence Davies
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Featuring Celia Johnson
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Featuring Trevor Howard
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Comedy 1970 94 mins Director: Richard Donner
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Directed by David Lean
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Children's 1968 25 mins Director: Daphne Shadwell
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Sketch show 1967 25 mins Director: Ian Fordyce
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