Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Anthony Minghella

Anthony Minghella was, clearly, an Italian descendant whose family migrated to the United Kingdom in the first half of the 20th century. He was born and raised in the Isle of Wight by parents who held an ice-cream parlor. It was there that he first fell in love with literature, something we could clearly see from his works.

Anthony Minghella was a famous and awarded movie director. If his name doesn`t ring a bell, maybe the titles of some of his works will: The English Patient, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Cold Mountain, Breaking and Entering. I reckon now you know who I`m talking about, that is, an excellent movie director.

Sadly, we won`t get to see any other of his movies because he died yesterday due to some complications in a cancer surgery. When I read this piece of news on the paper this morning, I really felt very sad. I enjoyed Minghella's work and style very much. He is the kind of director that not everybody likes nowadays; he is slow in the action and more interested in the feelings, in those things that cannot really be shown but that a good camera eye would know how to suggest to the spectator.

I`ve seen all the famous movies that I cited before, and I enjoyed all of them. Most of them were also pretty successful in audience and with the critics. However, his last one, Breaking and Entering was not as enthusiastically received as the other ones. I saw it only last year in Brazil, and I personally loved it. The cast is very nice, featuring Jude Law and Juliette Binoche as main actors; the plot is very interesting since it is about a robbery, but not about the act itself. It starts from the robbery to get into the personal lives of the people that are somehow involved in or related to it. Doing so, he also gives us a grasp of some social problems that affect nowaday London. Have a look at the video to have an idea...

Well, I`m sorry for the tremendous loss that Minghella's death represents. Hopefully, we will still get to see his last piece of work: The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency,” an adaptation of an Alexander McCall Smith novel, which was filmed in Botswana.


Anonymous said...

awwwwwwwwn, c'est juliette mon amour, toujours magnifique, tu m'as fait voulu voir ce film-là, c'est sûr que je le prendrai demain ;) merci et un gros bisou =*

ps: ouais, dommage qu'il est mort. mais juju est encore entre nous! ah, j'adore cette chose de la lenteur et du sentiment, that fits me soooo very well.


raphaella au brésil

Anonymous said...

tu m'as fait VOULOIR voir XD


raphaella la même au-dessus