David Lean Directs Noël Coward [1942/1945] [Criterion] (BLU)

David Lean

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4-Disc  Box Set of four films: In Which We Serve (1942); This Happy Breed (1944); Blithe Spirit (1945); Brief Encounter (1945).


In the 1940s, the wit of playwright Noël Coward and the craft of filmmaker David Lean melded harmoniously in one of cinema's greatest writer-director collaborations. With the wartime military drama sensation In Which We Serve, Coward and Lea (along with producing partners Ronald Neame and Anthony Havelock-Allan) embarked on a series of literate, socially engaged, and enormously entertaining pictures that ranged from domestic epic (This Happy Breed) to whimsical comedy (Blithe Spirit) to poignant romance (Brief Encounter). These films created a lasting testament to Coward's artistic legacy and introduced Lean's visionary talents to the world.

Product Details

  • Starring: Noel Coward, Derek Elphinstone, Michael Wilding, Robert Sansom, Robert Newton, Celia Johnson, Amy Veness, Alison Leggatt, Rex Harrison, Constance Cummings, Kay Hammond, Margaret Rutherford, Stanley Holloway
  • Format: Black & White, Dolby, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Label: The Criterion Collection
  • Release Date: 03/27/2012
  • Run Time: 407 minutes
  • Catalogue #: 603

Special Features

  • Audio Commentary On Brief Encounter By Film Historian Bruce Eder
  • New Interviews With Noel Coward Scholar Barry Day On All Of The Films
  • Interview With Cinematographer-Screenwriter-Producer Ronald Neame From 2010
  • Short Documentaries From 2000 on the Making Of In Which We Serve And Brief Encounter
  • David Lean: A Self Portrait, A 1971 Television Documentary On Lean's Career
  • Episode Of The British Television Series The Southbank Show From 1992 On The Life and Career Of Coward
  • Audio Recording Of A 1969 Conversation Between Actor Richard Attenborough and Coward at London's National Film Theatre
  • Booklet Featuring Essays By Ian Christie, Terrence Rafferty, Farran Smith Nehme, Geoffrey O'Brien, and Kevin Brownlow
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