March 18, 2008

AND LESS THAN A WEEK BEFORE HIS NEW SHOW DEBUTS:

Oscar-winning director Minghella dies (Ben Child and agencies, March 18, 2008, guardian.co.uk)

Anthony Minghella, the Oscar-winning director of The English Patient, has died at the age of 54, his agent said today.

The cause of death has not yet been released.

Minghella won the best director Academy award in 1997, the year in which the film won nine Oscars. He was also nominated for the best adapted screenwriting award in 2000 for The Talented Mr Ripley.

The film-maker recently completed work on the Botswana-set comedy, The No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, which he directed after co-writing with Four Weddings and a Funeral scribe Richard Curtis. An adaptation of the Alexander McCall Smith novel, it had been due to premiere on BBC1 on Easter Monday.


Unfortunately, his exquisite films were peopled by unsympathetic characters -- Talented Mr. Ripley; Cold Mountain; The English Patient -- but we look forward to Ladies Detective Agency, which marks a return to British TV mystery for him. He also did three episodes of the great Inspector Morse series, including the first: The Dead of Jericho; Deceived by Flight, and Driven to Distraction. Colin Dexter, author of the books, has spoken of how the show improved on the Morse/Lewis relationship, which is what makes it an enduring achievement.

MORE:
-OBIT: Anthony Minghella, 1954 - 2008 (GreenCine)
-OBIT: Agent says 'English Patient' director Anthony Minghella has died (The Associated Press, March 18, 2008)
-OBIT: Anthony Minghella, Oscar winner, dies at 54 (Richard Alleyne, 18/03/2008, Daily Telegraph)
-OBIT: Tributes paid to Anthony Minghella, dead at 54 (Daily Telegraph, 18/03/2008)
-OBIT: English Patient director Anthony Minghella dies at 54 (Daily Mail, 3/18/08)

He suffered a brain hemorrhage early this morning at Charing Cross Hospital in London, where he had undergone a routine operation on his neck, a spokesman said.

-OBIT: Director Minghella dies aged 54 (BBC News, 3/18/08)
-OBIT:Film director Anthony Minghella has died, aged 54 (Times Online , 3/18/08)
-OBIT:
-ARCHIVES: Anthony Minghella (The Guardian)


Posted by Orrin Judd at March 18, 2008 9:54 AM
Comments

The English Patient is a horrible, horrible movie. Easily in the top 3 worst movie experiences of my life (probably with Batman Returns and Patch Adams, with Erin Brockovich also making a strong run).

Posted by: b at March 18, 2008 12:52 PM

It's a great movie about people it's impossible to like, which makes it awful.

Posted by: oj at March 18, 2008 4:13 PM

Thoroughly enjoyed Mr. Ripley and its backdrops. Disappointed that a direct sequel wasn't made.

Posted by: Genecis at March 18, 2008 5:26 PM

I never saw Mr. Ripley, but I read in a few places that it would have been two or three times better had Matt Damon and Jude Law switched roles. True?

Posted by: jim hamlen at March 18, 2008 11:32 PM

Jim,
I think switching Damon and Law would have been casting against type. I thought both were perfect in their rolls as was Philip Seymor Hoffman as Freddie.

Posted by: Patrick H at March 19, 2008 1:10 AM

Law is too believably two-faced. It's a shock that Damon has any depth.

Posted by: oj at March 19, 2008 6:30 AM
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