Suddenly Gone: The Anthony Minghella Rave

It's a sad day for all serious fans of film. Anthony Minghella, the British screenwriter and director of such great films as "Truly Madly Deeply", "The Talented Mr. Ripley", "Cold Mountain" and "The English Patient" has just died at age 54. He still had another good 25 years of filmmaking ahead of him. What a loss!

He was such a great director and I really loved all of his films, starting with "Truly Madly Deeply" way back in 1991, but it's his masterpiece, "The English Patient", that he'll best be remembered for. And what a fantastic film that was!

Incidentally, it was just a couple of weeks ago now that I saw his latest film, 2006's "Breaking and Entering", starring Jude Law, Juliette Binoche and Robin Wright Penn. It wasn't as amazing as his best films, but it was still a great film nonetheless.

He was clearly one of the most talented filmmakers working today - at least for those of us who like films about people, rather than about things blowing up. He's definitely going to be missed!

For more about his life and the details of his sudden tragic death (from a post-surgery haemorrhage), here are a couple of articles from the BBC's website:

"Director Anthony Minghella dies"

"Obituary: Minghella's stellar career"

Mike Cowie (Oredakedo)
Tuesday, March 18th, 2008