David Lean Directs Noel Coward: The Criterion Collection

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David Lean Directs Noel Coward: The Criterion Collection

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 Lean (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.


In Which We Serve

This Happy Breed

Blithe Spirit

Brief Encounter


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Dec 19 2011
  • Empire SKU 1599210
  • UPC Code 715515093316
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging Custom
  • Number of Discs 4
  • Disc SS-DL


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


  • Audio
    English Dolby Digital Mono
  • Video
    Widescreen 1.37:1 B&W

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