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Friday, March 01, 2013

An All Too Brief Encounter with Carnforth

I had an inkling many of the Brits would know where I was in my last post!

One of the most iconic British films ever made, Brief Encounter, is a bitter-sweet story of two people who meet while waiting for a train. Both are married to other people ...



When the film was in the planning the world was still at war and a decision was made to do the rail station scenes in Carnforth, Lancashire. It is said that Celia Johnson was not very happy at having to spend several weeks filming in darkest Lancashire! Anyone interested can see the entire film on You Tube. 

Wikipedia explains the concept of the movie very well:
Brief Encounter is a 1945 British film directed by David Lean about the conventions of British suburban life, centring on a housewife for whom real love (as opposed to the polite arrangement of her marriage) brings unexpectedly violent emotions. The film stars Celia JohnsonTrevor HowardStanley Holloway and Joyce Carey. The screenplay is by Noël Coward, and is based on his 1936 one-act play Still Life. The soundtrack prominently features the Piano Concerto No. 2 by Sergei Rachmaninoff, played by Eileen Joyce.
Several years ago, The Man was in the area and decided to visit the train station. He was rather impressed with the fact that it had been turned into a fascinating museum that paid tribute to the movie by keeping the station as it was as a movie set. All of the pictures I used in my last post were in the movie. So on our way home from a lovely visit to Ulverston in the Lake District The Man decided to take an alternative route to the M6 Motorway, which took us through Carnforth.




Sometimes it really is lovely to be transported back to another time -- if only briefly, if only in the imagination.



My enduring memory of the movie is of the clock in the background here. I suppose that 'time' figured heavily, even poignantly, in the story.


Unfortunately, we were running late and did not have time to stop for a cup of tea. But it looks like we will be visiting our friends in Ulverston from time to time, so I see the distinct possibility of a not so Brief Encounter!

23 comments:

  1. Did you go back to the knitting whilst your hubbie sat in the armchair, reading a newspaper?

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    1. Knitting? Moi? Why, Tom, I haven't knitted since I sat next to the guillotine -- many years ago, now...

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  2. I have seen that movie, and I enjoyed it. It is an unforgettable story, and you are very fortunate to live close to the actual place it was filmed. Very cool! :-)

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  3. A great film....one of the "must sees", sorry you didn't get to spend longer at the station. Jx

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    1. Yes, it is a shame, but all the more reason to return one day!

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  4. I've always wanted to visit, even if it was only to have someone remove a piece of grit from my eye with a handkerchief!

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  5. Dear Broad, I have a "brief" memory, or maybe the word would be "vague," of the movie. Now I see that I must look for it on youtube or netflix and watch it. You like Josephine Tey weave your own mystery for us. I hope next time you can stop for tea--however briefly. Peace.

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  6. THose old movies always used clocks with fast moving hands, or calanders with months flying off.

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    1. Yes, haven't seen that in a movie for a long time ...

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  7. I'm not familiar with this movie but it sounds interesting enough to check out. Thanks.

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    1. Hope you enjoy it -- a bit dated perhaps, but the sentiments are as true today as then...

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  8. I have a very soft spot for museums in railway stations, I don't know why.

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    1. I didn't know there were others!

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  9. How lovely to see a railway station just like those of my childhood. :-) Of course I've seen the film several times, but never knew of the Carnforth location.

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    1. It's funny how I was sure you'd know of it! You should check it out one day on your travels up the M6!

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  10. You made me miss dear old England! the movie sounds familiar, but I don't think I have seen it.

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    1. Well you'll just have to come for a visit!

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  11. After reading your post and commenters' responses I would like to see the film. I do love trains and stations and their ethos, which you have conjured here so sweetly.

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    1. Ruth, I think you would like it -- it has a certain 'poetry' about it...

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  12. No tea? Ouch!
    So glad you shared a bit of life we would never meet without your help!

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