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Karie (site owner) Written by Karie (site owner)
Mar. 18, 2008 | 6:45 PM

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A sad farewell to Anthony Minghella

Like many in the film world, I was shocked and saddened to hear about the passing of director Anthony Minghella.  At 54, he seemed so young and his death feels so unexpected.  I didn’t know him personally, but I always heard through the Hollywood grapevine that he was a kind, gentle and caring person.  I never heard a negative word or horror story ever spoken about him.  I think the film lovers of this world have suffered a loss today.  One thing I admired about Minghella’s work was his ability to create really quiet and unforgettable moments.  I love the moment in THE ENGLISH PATIENT when Juliette Binoche is lifted up on the rope and sees the candles lit around the room.  I love the moment in THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY when Jude Law and Matt Damon are in the boat alone.  I saw that film when it first came out and that scene is the one that has always stayed in my mind.  That film was actually very underrated and really warrants another look.  While I had some issues with COLD MOUNTAIN, I admit that film had great moments too.  Minghella seemed to favor exotic locations and filmmaking on an epic scale and was far closer to the style of David Lean than to any contemporary filmmaker.  He was also adept at drawing out the best in his actors.  The best work Jude Law has done to date was under Minghella’s direction.  I can’t believe he is gone.  He was a great talent and he will be missed.

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