Anthony Minghella has died

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Posted: 3/18/08 at 9:27am
Director Minghella dies aged 54

British film director Anthony Minghella has died at the age of 54, his agent has said.

Minghella, whose films include Truly, Madly, Deeply and Cold Mountain, was chairman of the British Film Institute.

In 1996, he won an Oscar for directing The English Patient and was also Oscar-nominated for writing the screenplay for 1999's The Talented Mr Ripley.

He has also directed a TV episode of book The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, due to be screened this Easter.

A 90-minute pilot, directed by Minghella and co-written with Richard Curtis, is due to be screened on BBC One.

Minghella began his career as a writer with his early radio plays winning several awards.

He made his first film, Truly, Madly, Deeply, in 1991, followed by The English Patient and The Talented Mr Ripley.

When he took on the role of chairman of the British Film Institute (BFI) in 2003, he told the BBC: "We're not getting enough movies made here, our studios aren't busy enough, we don't have enough studios.

"We're not good at lassoing the talent we have here and containing it within the British Isles, and we should all be working to address that."

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/7302841.stm
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Posted: 3/18/08 at 9:33am
This is a total shock. He was a brilliant director.
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Posted: 3/18/08 at 9:35am
A talented man, gone FAR too soon. Wow.
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Posted: 3/18/08 at 9:49am
That's so sad to hear. I never met him, but he was actually a friend of a friend, and a very nice guy.
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Posted: 3/18/08 at 9:51am
While I would never have wished him dead, I will never forget or forgive sitting through THE ENGLISH PATIENT or the bloated horror of COLD MOUNTAIN.

RIP, and all that.
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Posted: 3/18/08 at 9:57am
I believe him to be a very important director, and one that people will look back on in 50 years and study.

How did he die? Has he been sick?
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Posted: 3/18/08 at 10:40am
I disagree Roscoe, I thought Cold Mountain was wonderful
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Posted: 3/18/08 at 10:49am
I agree that The English Patient and Cold Mountain are long films both are magnficant in my eyes. That's awful that he's gone so soon.
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Posted: 3/18/08 at 11:26am
Not a fan of his movies--the wonderful TRULY, MADLY, DEEPLY excepted--but, man, 54? That really is awful. Was it heart attack? Was he sick?
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Posted: 3/18/08 at 11:47am
He was recovering from a routine operation, but died suddenly of a brain haemorrhage.
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Posted: 3/18/08 at 11:53am
I'm completely in shock about these news since he was one of my favorite directors/screenwriter. He was so wonderfully talented. THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY is a masterpiece and one of my favorite films. He will be missed. Interestingly enough, he was working on the script for NINE (not sure if he had finished his work on it yet).
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Posted: 3/18/08 at 11:59am
I can't believe it. RIP

I'm a huge fan of "The English Patient" and "Talented Mr. Ripley".
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Posted: 3/18/08 at 12:05pm
And, I didn't know this, but he was a major creative force behind the wonderful but short-lived JIM HENSON'S THE STORYTELLER.
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Posted: 3/18/08 at 12:49pm
This is very tragic and very upsetting. I'm a big fan of his work, particularly THE ENGLISH PATIENT, COLD MOUNTAIN, and THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY.
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Posted: 3/18/08 at 2:10pm
I cannot even fathom this news right now. In addition to being a top-notch film director, he was also a very talented playwright (I saw an evening of his short plays in New York about a year ago), and his production of MADAMA BUTTERFLY at the Met is breathtaking.

My last memory of him will be the audience at the Met erupting with "bravos" when he came out and bowed at the curtain call on the opening night of the BUTTERFLY revival this past October. Rest in peace.
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Posted: 3/18/08 at 2:15pm
Definitely not what I was expecting to see when I woke up this morning. My heart goes out to his family.
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Posted: 3/19/08 at 3:58am
Unbelievably sad. The only film of his I have seen thus far is COLD MOUNTAIN but I really want to see THE ENGLISH PATIENT and BREAKING & ENTERING.
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Posted: 3/19/08 at 4:07am
How sad. I don't care what you philistines say, Cold Mountain was a beautiful film. I loved every second of it.
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Posted: 3/19/08 at 4:09am
Agreed, although I haven't seen it since it came out.
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Posted: 3/19/08 at 5:34am
COLD MOUNTAIN and THE TALENTED MISTER RIPLEY are masterpieces. They're very different, but insanely good.

Now I gotta bust out Ripley and watch it in honor of his passing.
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Posted: 3/19/08 at 9:15am
I'd forgive Minghella a lot if his films weren't so damn LONG and BORING. He takes such interesting stories and turns them into bloated overlong orgies of tedium.

COLD MOUNTAIN is a vast pile of excrement, beautifully photographed with a love story of appalling boredom at its core. Minghella manages to strip such appealing actors as Jude Law and Nicole Kidman of everything that made them interesting, turning them into living robots of boredom. A screaming nightmare of boredom and bad acting, with Renee Zellwegger demonstrating once and for all what the bastard lovechild of Granny Clampett and Popeye the Sailor Man would have been like.

THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY is Minghella's Guilt Trip for Gays, adapted from Patricia Highsmith's darkly witty and short novel. Aside from the pretty cinematography and the charms of Jude Law and Matt Damon, this is a movie about Gays Who Destroy The Boys They Love.

THE ENGLISH PATIENT. God in heaven. Notable mainly for Juliette Binoche's astounding beauty and Minghella's apparent lack of interest in getting any energy into his storytelling.
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Posted: 3/19/08 at 9:55am
"Interestingly enough, he was working on the script for NINE (not sure if he had finished his work on it yet)."

I thought Michael Tolkin was writing it? Were they collaborating together, or is Tolkin off the project?
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Posted: 3/19/08 at 11:11am
I'm with you all the way, Roscoe, but rest in peace Anthony.
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Posted: 3/19/08 at 11:13am
Yes, indeed, RIP Anthony Minghella.
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Posted: 3/19/08 at 1:46pm
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Trust me, Roscoe...you need to see this.

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