A chance meeting between two happily married strangers (Trevor Howard and Celia Johnson) leads to love in the fourth, final and finest collaboration between Noel Coward and David Lean. Justly celebrated as one of cinema’s greatest love stories, it may also be the most sublimely, unapologetically British film ever made. The recent restoration is admirably reproduced in high definition, although one could argue that the image has been sharpened a little too much – there are, after all, soft hearts among the stiff upper lips.
EXTRAS: It’s a pity no BFI boffin was brought in to commentate on this glorious slice of post-war cinema; instead, a half-hour retrospective offers a brief encounter with two surviving producers, one supporting cast member, Celia Johnson’s daughter and, oddly, John Sessions. A five-minute featurette on the restoration, however, barely scratches the surface.