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Noël Coward

  • Cavalcade with Diana Wynyard and Clive Brook (upstairs), and Herbert Mundin and Una O’Connor (downstairs). Synopsis: Upstairs, Robert and Jane Marryot (Clive Brook, Diana Wynyard), and downstairs, Alfred and Ellen Bridges (Herbert Mundin, Una O’Connor), in a British household, from 1900 to 1933. The Pros:…

  • Brief Encounter with Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard. Brief Encounter one-line synopsis: A married doctor (Trevor Howard) and a housewife (Celia Johnson) have an adulterous (and platonic) affair. The Pros: Shadow-bathed, smoke-enshrouded railway stations (cinematography by Robert Krasker) to the strains of Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto…

  • Noel Coward with Elizabeth Taylor on the set of Boom! (top); with Marlene Dietrich, 1937 (bottom) Noel Coward – playwright, composer, director, actor, (purported) spy, nationalist, propagandist, semi-closeted gay guy – is the subject of an exhibition currently being held at the Academy of Motion…

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