Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Anthony Minghella: Dead

Stylish "English Patient" director Anthony Minghella died, age 54, after routine neck surgery. Such a shame. I talked last year to Minghella, who had one of this great purring British accent. Subject was "Breaking and Entering," about immigrant thiueves who break into Jude Law's office.
"The more I thought about it, the more it occurred to me that this is what I do for a living: In the course of a play or a film, we're allowed to walk around a problem and examine its consequences from more than one side, which is exactly the way these officers described conciliation meetings to me," he says. "It's that idea of conciliation that binds the movie together. Can a couple reconcile? Can a city reconcile itself to its progress, to its migrant people, to its class divisions? Everybody in this movie is striving to find some form of conciliation."

Talented guy and a mensch to boot. His movies will live on.

AP story.


link to Hugh's San Francisco Chronicle story

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