AWARD- WINNER Friday THE ENGLISH PATIENT
GEM, 11.30pm, M ( 1996)
Perhaps the greatest triumph of Anthony Minghella’s multi- Oscared epic is his screenplay. Adapted from Michael Ondaatje’s novel, it’s a flawless unravelling of narrative that tells of a dying Austrian count ( Ralph Fiennes) who recalls a doomed pre- war love affair with a colleague’s wife ( Kristin Scott Thomas), to a Canadian nurse ( Juliette Binoche) in the final days of World War II. Alternating between two main time periods, circumstances of love and honour build to a haunting climax. Minghella and Aussie cinematographer John Seale create exuberant outbursts of emotionalism on a colossal scale. Unlike Minghella’s The Talented Mr Ripley; this drops the pretension and thrives on pure class.