Though they are made in black and white and but a year apart, 1945’s “Brief Encounter” and 1946’s “Gilda,” both newly out from the Criterion Collection, couldn’t be more different in their approaches to women in love.
“Brief Encounter,” an early success for director David Lean, stars Oscar-nominated Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard in the poignant story of the lasting repercussions of a chance love affair.
“Gilda,” on the other hand, is all about the torrid infatuations of the title character, a night club singer played by Rita Hayworth. Her version of “Put The Blame On Mame” is worth the price of admission. – Kenneth Turan
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