Wednesday, March 19, 2008

The Talented Mr. Minghella

Another sad passing today, that of filmmaker Anthony Minghella who turned some of my favourite books into films (The English Patient, The Talented Mr. Ripley) that were certainly as good as, if not better than, the original.

Minghella was only 54, and died from complications from surgery he had a week ago for tonsil cancer.

Here David Carr in the New York Times looks back on his career.


GUO SHAO-HUA said...

not to speak ill of the dead, but i find all of his films terribly boring. admittedly, i havent seen Cold Mountain, but by then i was so put off by his films.

to my credit, i did give English Patient a second chance, but the second viewing still didn't do it for me.

Anonymous said...

A wonderful director who gave us more than a story!

Anonymous said...

I didn't even KNOW you could get tonsil cancer. It's odd that something that was no use to him, and could have been removed safely, ended up killing him in the end.

I wonder if we should all remove out tonsils to prevent it. After all, if it can be safely removed and will stop you from getting tonsil cancer, it would be worth it right ?

GUO SHAO-HUA said...

your tonsils are your first and foremost guard against throat infection. the tonsils catch them first and give you an indication that you should get treatment quick. without your tonsils, there'd be mo signs to warn you, and the risk of infection is higher.