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Brief Encounter by Richard Dyer


Brief Encounter by Richard Dyer

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.

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).

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Publication date

11th November 2015


Richard Dyer

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BFI Publishing an imprint of British Film Institute


80 pages


Films, cinema



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