Anthony Minghella, the Oscar-winning filmmaker behind “The English Patient,” “The Talented Mr. Ripley” and “Truly Madly Deeply,” has passed away at age 54, reports the BBC no further details yet as to the cause of his death.
Minghella was a director, writer and a playwright who was also chairman of the British Film Institute. He’d just finished up filming an adaptation of “The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency,” with Jill Scott as the lead, for British television. The last film of his in theaters was 2006’s little-seen “Breaking and Entering,” with Jude Law as an architect who gets involved with a Serbian woman (played by Juliette Binoche) after he catches her son robbing his office. Though the film was met with a mixed response from critics, it’s portrait of a beautiful, vital but unromanticized segment of London was singled out for acclaim.
[Photo: Anthony Minghella on the set of “Breaking and Entering,” MGM, 2006]
Update: Variety relays that Minghella “suffered a fatal hemorrhage at 5 a.m. GMT Tuesday at Charing Cross Hospital in London, where he had undergone an operation last week on a growth in his neck.”