A classic film, up there as one of the most romantic ever made
Noël Coward is undoubtedly one of Britain's finest novelists, playwrights, actors and directors all rolled into one. His reputation, body of work, and style continue to influence and impress modern artists and audiences. In celebration of that, Regent Street Cinema has launched a season of films dedicated to all those creations in which he had a hand. Brief Encounter is undoubtedly Coward's best-known work. Laura (Celia Johnson), an ordinary housewife, meets a doctor (Trevor Howard) who is also married. Despite themselves, they fall in love. Their social conditioning forces them to part forever, but still holding on to a love that can never be, but that can also never be spoiled. Coward's screenplay – adapted from his short Still Life – was ranked in a Guardian film poll as the most romantic film ever, ahead of even Casablanca and Gone With The Wind. Brief Encounter will be introduced by comedian Julian Clary – a longtime fan of Noël who also currently lives in Coward's old house. Regent Cinema – Britain's oldest cinema – was the first place in the country to ever show moving pictures, kickstarting British cinema with a screening of Cinematographe in 1896. Since its reopening in May 2015 the staff have been dedicated to both engaging with the cinemas legacy and ensuring its future for audiences and filmmakers. Certificate: U. Runtime: 1 hour 26 minutes. Please arrive on time as latecomers may not be admitted.
"One of the most vivid, impassioned and painfully believable love stories ever committed to celluloid."