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Anthony Minghella

"Anthony Minghella, the British film director who won an Oscar for The English Patient, has died from a haemorrhage after undergoing routine surgery last week. He was 54. . .

"Minghella, one of five children who grew up above the family's ice cream shop on the Isle of Wight, was a leading figure in British film and theatre.

"As well as directing such hits as the The Talented Mr Ripley and Cold Mountain, he was until recently the chairman of the British Film Institute." He had just completed The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency for the BBC.

The Guardian shows clips from his films.

I remember that beautiful scene in the English Patient when Hana is lifted up in a basket to look, by candlelight, at the frescoes on the ceiling of an Italian church.

Ave atque Vale.