Publication Year: 2013
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.
Published by: University Press of Mississippi
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About a decade ago, I was preparing a book of original conversations with film directors, and I was very keen to interview Anthony Minghel-la. I pursued the filmmaker for about a year, but because of Minghella’s complicated work schedule, and the fact that he was in the midst of shooting Cold Mountain (2003) in Romania when I first corresponded ...
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...1954 Born January 6 in Ryde, the Isle of Wight. Parents are Glo-1972–80 Attends University in Hull (Yorkshire) and subsequently be-writes his first play, Child’s Play, in 1978. While at the Uni-1981 Following the break-up of his first marriage, he abandons his himself full-time to writing, and to be closer to his daughter. ...
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Anthony Minghella: In Conversation (Part 1): 2003–4
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From The Making of Alternative Cinema Volume 1: Dialogues with Independent Filmmakers, Mario Falsetto. Copyright © 2008 by Mario Falsetto. Reproduced with permission of Mario Falsetto: Can you talk about your background and growing up nineteen in 1939. And like many young, slightly dispossessed Italian boys, he was imported by more successful local families who had already ...
The Patient Englishman: Getting Personal with Anthony Minghella: 1997
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From DGA Magazine 22, no. 2 (May–June 1997). Permission to reprint courtesy of the After ten years of writing plays for Britain’s stage and radio, and then television scripts for such English programs as Inspector Morse and The Storyteller, Anthony Minghella was given the opportunity to direct his first film, Truly, Madly, Deeply, from his own screenplay in 1991. Thanks ...
I Don’t Have a Speech. I Look Terrible in a Tuxedo. What Could Possibly Go Right?: 1997
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From the Observer, March 30, 1997. Copyright Guardian News and Media Ltd 1997. This isn’t really a proper diary, of course. I’ve never kept one. Rather, this is penance for missing my advertised Observer interview at the Barbican on a day when I found myself scheduled to be in three different countries at the same time. It’s a problem I have, saying no. And there’s rampant ...
The Talented Mr. Minghella: 2000
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From Written By, February 2000. Reprinted by permission of the author.Revered mystery writer Patricia Highsmith has challenged numerous filmmakers throughout the decades, from Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train to Wim Wenders’s The American Friend. Her most challenging cre-ation is not a story so much as a character: the deadly chameleon Tom ...
The Talented Mister: An Interview with Anthony Minghella: 2000
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From Creative Screenwriting 7, no. 1 (January 2000). Reprinted by permission.Daniel Argent: What initially interested you in adapting Patricia High-Anthony Minghella: The character of Ripley is one that once you’ve encountered him, he never really goes away. I think it leaps away from the actual text of the novel and from any questions about the quality of ...
My Bloody Valentine: 2000
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From Sight and Sound, February 2000, published by British Film Institute. Reprinted by On a hot day in July 1999 at the Jim Henson studios in London’s Cam-den Town, Anthony Minghella is, he tells me, about to do something “tentative and experimental.” Here he is, the shorts-wearing, Oscar-winning director of The English Patient (1996) inviting Sight and Sound ...
Italy: The Director’s Cut: 2000
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From the Guardian, February 26, 2000. Copyright Guardian News & Media Ltd 2000. Last year I spent a great deal more time in Italy than anywhere else, but on reflection it’s clear to me that I wasn’t really in Italy, but in a coun-try of my own imagination. Film directors are thieves; magpies. They resemble barbarians bringing home the spoils, ransacking each city for ...
Behind the Eyes of a Killer: 2000
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From the Daily Telegraph, February 12, 2000. © David Gritten/Telegraph Media Group When the writer-director Anthony Minghella sets about adapting a novel for film—a task at which he is astonishingly skilled—this is how he goes about it. First, he borrows a country cottage; for his last two films, he has used one in Dorset owned by his friend, film producer Dun-...
Happy Days: 2001
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From Film Ireland no. 79 (February 2001). Reprinted by permission of the author.At the launch of the Beckett on Film season in Dublin, Anthony Ming-hella, Damien O’Donnell, and Neil Jordan spoke with Ted Sheehy about Ted Sheehy: Is it just that it’s Beckett’s work or can you conceive of yourselves otherwise wanting to make short films that are formally ex-...
Anthony Minghella: In Conversation (Part 2): 2003–4
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From The Making of Alternative Cinema Volume 1: Dialogues with Independent Filmmakers, Mario Falsetto. Copyright © 2008 by Mario Falsetto. Reproduced with permission of Mario Falsetto: What initially attracted you to Patricia Highsmith’s novel The Talented Mr. Ripley? What was at the core of it for you, because the character of Ripley is fairly different in the novel. In the novel he ...
Down from Cold Mountain: 2003
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From the Guardian, December 11, 2003. Copyright Guardian News & Media Ltd 2003. Strange as it may seem, Anthony Minghella regards himself as some-thing of an outsider, cinematically speaking. “I live in London,” he says in his rich, sonorous voice, “but I’ve never made a film here since Truly, Madly, Deeply. I don’t know anybody. I’m so detached from what’s hap-...
The Man with the Epic in His Eyes: 2003
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From the Daily Telegraph, March 1, 2003. © David Gritten/Telegraph Media Group It’s a trim Anthony Minghella who greets me at his office, an exqui-sitely converted Victorian chapel near Hampstead Heath, all sliding doors, hardwood floors, and open-plan work spaces. He’s lost forty-eight pounds in the last year, a fact I didn’t register when we met in Transylva-...
Mastering the Mountain: 2004
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From Empire Magazine, January 2004. Copyright © EmpirE magazinE. Reprinted by Anthony Minghella, the Isle of Wight’s most famous son, heir to his par-ents’ famous ice cream empire and, lest we forget, Academy Award–win-ning director, would like to set the record straight on what he describes as “one of the great myths of my life.” He never wrote for Grange Hill. He ...
He Shoots, He Scores: 2005
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From the Guardian, March 11, 2005. Copyright Guardian News & Media Ltd 2005. The offices of Mirage, the production company Anthony Minghella owns with the producer Sydney Pollack, are in a former chapel in north London. The walls are decorated with huge prints of Kristin Scott Thom-as and Juliet Stevenson, Jude Law and Nicole Kidman—images shot on ...
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From Minghella on Minghella, edited by Tim Bricknell. Copyright © 2005 by Anthony Minghella. Reprinted by permission of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, LLC, and Faber and I don’t have any special pleading about my relationship with actors. I like actors. A lot of directors don’t like actors and think that they get in the way of the mechanics of filmmaking, of the pyrotechnics of film-...
Breaking and Entering: Screenplay by Anthony Minghella: 2006
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From Creative Screenwriting 13, no. 6 (November 2006). Reprinted by permission.“I’d never intended to divert into the role of an adapter of novels,” be-gins writer/director Anthony Minghella. “It happened because I had a great adventure with The English Patient, and, while that film took its time to find financing, I took a job adapting The Talented Mr. Ripley not ...
I Wanted to Make a Film about Home: 2006
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From the Daily Telegraph, November 3, 2006. © Telegraph Media Group Limited 2006. Over the course of his fifteen-year career as a film director, Anthony Minghella has travelled far and wide. The English Patient (1996) took him to Italy and to North Africa. The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) criss-crossed Sicily, Naples, Rome, Tuscany, and Venice. And, though it was set in and ...
Final Thoughts: Theories, Poetry, and Morality: 2005
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From Minghella on Minghella, edited by Tim Bricknell, Copyright © 2005 by Anthony Minghella. Reprinted by permission of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, LLC, and Faber and I haven’t watched many movies, but I’ve watched some movies many, many, many times. There are some movies I go back to like food—The Tree of the Wooden Clogs, I Vitelloni, Three Colors: Blue and the Taviani ...
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Blinko, Phillip. “Naked in Highgate.” What’s On, August 14, 1991.Brooks, Richard. “Truly Madly Domestically.” The Observer, October 10, 1993.Bygrave, Mike. “Truly, Madly, Deeply Missing Crouch End.” The Independent, Cliff, Nigel. “An Englishman Abroad.” The Times, February 14, 2000.Cochrane, Emma. “One on One: Anthony Minghella Interview.” Empire, no. 129, ...
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Page Count: 208
Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: Conversations with Filmmakers Series