Brief encounters
Shadowlands (1993), In Love and War (1996) and Closing the Ring (2007)
in Richard Attenborough
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Shadowlands and In Love and War continued Richard Attenborough's interest in historical individuals by exploring the lives of two famous authors. Shadowlands, which portrayed the late-in-life romance of C.S. Lewis and the American Joy Gresham, was both critically and popularly acclaimed and became acknowledged as Attenborough's second most successful film. In Love and War was also thematically linked to Attenborough's final production, Closing the Ring, filmed ten years later, in portraying a brief romance against a background of war. The brief wartime romance was remarkably close in subject to In Love and War as well as forming Attenborough's third 'Brief Encounter' film. Brief Encounter, the story of a romantic relationship between two already married people, gives no outward display of emotion as decorum dictated at the time, with both characters remaining equally restrained.

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