Anthony Minghella: Interviews

Anthony Minghella: Interviews

by Mario Falsetto

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Anthony Minghella: Interviews is an illuminating anthology of in-depth conversations with this important contemporary film director and producer. The collection explores Minghella's ideas on every aspect of the cinematic creative process including screenwriting, acting, editing, the use of music in film, and other topics concerning the role of the film director.

Minghella (1954-2008) was a highly regarded British playwright (Made in Bangkok), and television writer (Inspector Morse) before turning to film directing with his quirky, highly regarded first film, Truly, Madly, Deeply, in 1990. He went on to direct an extraordinary trilogy of large-scale films, all adapted from significant works of contemporary literature. Minghella's 1996 adaptation of Michael Ondaatje's poetic novel The English Patient was the director's most critically and commercially successful film and went on to win dozens of awards around the world, including nine academy awards. Minghella followed this film with his entertaining, elegant adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's The Talented Mr. Ripley, a film that enjoyed great critical and commercial success and featured some of the best acting of the 1990s by its talented cast of young, rising stars, Jude Law, Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Philip Seymour Hoffman. Minghella's ambitious adaptation of Charles Frazier's American Civil War romance, Cold Mountain, was released in 2003, and firmly marked Minghella as a director of intimate, yet large-scale epic cinema worthy of David Lean.

Although Minghella was a successful film director and producer, he was also an important part of the cultural life of the U.K. He was awarded a CBE (Commander of the British Empire) in 2001 for his contributions to culture, and he was Chairman of the Board of Governors of the British Film institute from 2004 to 2007.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781617038211
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
Publication date: 06/12/2013
Series: Conversations with Filmmakers Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Mario Falsetto recently retired from Concordia University (Montreal), where he was professor of film studies for over thirty years. He is the author of The Making of Alternative Cinema, Vol. 1: Dialogues with Independent Filmmakers and Stanley Kubrick: A Narrative and Stylistic Analysis.

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

Chronology xxx

Filmography xxxiii

Anthony Minghella: In Conversation (Part I) Mario Falsetto / 2003-4 3

The Patient Englishman: Getting Personal with Anthony Minghella Tomm Carroll / 1997 33

I Don't Have a Speech. I Look Terrible in a Tuxedo. What Could Possibly Go Right? Anthony Minghella / 1997 48

The Talented Mr. Minghella Richard Stayton / 2000 57

The Talented Mister: An Interview with Anthony Minghella Daniel Argent / 2000 63

My Bloody Valentine Nick James / 2000 73

Italy: The Director's Cut Anthony Minghella / 2000 81

Behind the Eyes of a Killer David Gritten / 2000 88

Happy Days Ted Sheehy / 2001 93

Anthony Minghella: In Conversation (Part 2) Mario Falsetto / 2003-4 97

Down from Cold Mountain Andrew Pulver / 2003 119

The Man with the Epic in His Eyes David Gritten / 2003 123

Mastering the Mountain Bob McCabe / 2004 127

He Shoots, He Scores Nick Taylor / 2005 132

Actors Anthony Minghella / 2005 135

Breaking and Entering: Screenplay by Anthony Minghella Jason Davis / 2006 145

I Wanted to Make a Film about Home Tom Charity / 2006 148

Final Thoughts: Theories, Poetry, and Morality Anthony Minghella / 2005 151

Additional Resources 163

Index 165

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