"Brief Encounter"

“Brief Encounter”

The British Film Festival will present “Brief Encounter” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, in Plaster Hall’s Cornell Auditorium.

David Lean’s 1945 film is set following World War II. Two strangers, both married, meet on a train and soon find themselves in a deep but impossible romance.

Lean, who went on to direct such epics as “Lawrence of Arabia” and “Doctor Zhivago,” works in a much more subdued key. Noel Coward’s screenplay is filmed with quiet sensitivity and memorably underscored by the sweeping sounds of Rachmaninoff’s “2nd Piano Concerto.”

Admission is free and open to the public.