A tribute to the master

LEADING FIGURES FROM Britain’s film industry paid tribute to Anthony Minghella on Saturday on the Isle of Wight, where the late Oscar-winning director grew up.

By (AFP)

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Published: Mon 16 Mar 2009, 11:06 PM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 11:43 PM

A year after his death, Jude Law, Alan Rickman, Martin Freeman and others joined Minghella’s sister Gioia for the Minghella Movie Marathon, a festival of his seven films which began Friday on the island off England’s southern coast.

“I always came out of a film having learnt something,” Law said of Minghella’s films, the most celebrated of which was The English Patient, which won nine Oscars.

“With Anthony by your side you often felt you were learning something that was a lot more than just the surface value of what this film might mean or what the character might mean.

“You often felt you had met some new people or learnt how to overcome something because it felt like a very personal experience.”

Minghella, who died on March 18 last year after an operation on a growth on his neck, grew up in Ryde on the Isle of Wight, where his family still operate an ice cream shop.

His other films include The Talented Mr Ripley and Cold Mountain.

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