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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.

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