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Old 03-18-2008, 10:49 AM   #1
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Anthony Minghella dies

awful. so many more great movies to make.



[q]Anthony Minghella, Director of `English Patient,' Dies at 54

By Laurence Arnold
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March 18 (Bloomberg) -- Anthony Minghella, the British filmmaker who won an Academy Award for directing ``The English Patient,'' has died. He was 54.

Minghella's death was reported today by the British Broadcasting Corp., which cited his agent. No cause was given.

His Oscar as best director for ``The English Patient'' (1996) was one of nine that the film won, including best picture. He also was nominated for writing the screenplay. He earned another Academy Award nomination for writing ``The Talented Mr. Ripley'' (1999).

Minghella also wrote for theater, television and radio, and he admitted feeling anxious about being accepted as a filmmaker.

``It is as if I have been working in a tunnel and I've no idea what the reaction is going to be,'' he said in a 2000 interview with the Sunday Times of London. ``It is a naked thing to admit, but I feel very strongly that I want people to appreciate that I am not just a flash in the pan. I still wonder if everyone is going to point and say, `He is not a proper film- maker.'''

Just this month, Minghella stepped down as chairman of the British Film Institute, succeeded by Greg Dyke. He had been reappointed to a second three-year term in January 2006.

When he became chairman in 2003, Minghella told the BBC: ``We're not getting enough movies made here, our studios aren't busy enough, we don't have enough studios.''

Minghella adapted ``The English Patient,'' a story of pain and love during World War II, from a 1992 novel by Michael Ondaatje. Its stars included Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche and Kristin Scott Thomas.

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In 2000, Minghella joined Sydney Pollack -- who produced ``The Talented Mr. Ripley'' -- as a partner in Mirage Enterprises, Pollack's production company.

A 2006 biography of Minghella by the British Film Institute says Mirage ``has supported a number of distinctive filmmakers and their projects,'' including Phillip Noyce's 2002 movie ``The Quiet American.''

Minghella was born Jan. 6, 1954, in Ryde, on the U.K.'s Isle of Wight. He said studying drama at the University of Hull provided a welcome escape.

``I went there and did not leave for years,'' he said in 2000. ``I became a teacher and stayed until 26, spending a lot of time, by myself, in the library. I can definitely sympathize with the feelings of wanting to be someone else.''

Minghella also directed the films ``Cold Mountain'' (2003), and ``Mr. Wonderful'' (1993). His adaptation of the best-selling novel ``The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency'' has yet to be released.

In 2006, he directed a production of Puccini's ``Madama Butterfly'' at New York's Metropolitan Opera. [/q]
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What a loss. And so young.
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I just heard about this. Very sad.
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This is about as tragic film news imaginable to me. Minghella was one of my very favorite working directors, and I had the privilege of hearing him speak at UCLA around the time of Cold Mountain.

Whatever else happens in 2008, this year is going to suck just because of this.

From the AP story:

In a 1996 interview with The Associated Press, Minghella said "English Patient," which starred Binoche, Ralph Fiennes and Kristin Scott Thomas, was the pinnacle of his career at the time.

"I feel more naked and more exposed by this piece of work than anything I've ever been involved with," Minghella said.

He said too many modern films let the audience be passive, as if they were saying, "We're going to rock you and thrill you. We'll do everything for you."

"This film goes absolutely against that grain," he said. "It says, `I'm sorry, but you're going to have to make some connections. There are some puzzles here. The story will constantly rethread itself and it will be elliptical, but there are enormous rewards in that.'"

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An absolutely great film and one of my favourites.
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what a tragic loss! Too young, way too young and way too much to contribute to the film industry!

RIP....
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This is very sad news. A real loss to film.
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It always makes me so sad to hear about the loss of such a talent. RIP. Very sad.
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Maybe if Lance had watched The English Patient like he was supposed to, this could have been avoided.

Blame him.
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It's always my fault.
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I hope you will now, in memoriam, get your hands on this masterpiece.

It's like Atonement x 100.
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Minus the typewriter music though. Sadly.
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Bach+Hungarians+Gabriel Yared > typewriter

But that was nicely done.
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The English Patient soundtrack is exquisite.
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Oh bloody hell, this is so sad,
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