RIP: Anthony Minghella

March 18, 2008 | By Clint Froehlich | Creative

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Today, another tragic death in the filmmaking world. Acclaimed Oscar-winning director Anthony Minghella died in London Tuesday morning after an unexpected brain hemorrhage resulted due to complications from a routine surgery, to the shock of all his friends and family. He is survived by his wife, daughter, and son Max, who is a rising star in Hollywood.

Minghella was only 54 years old, and widely considered one of the greatest British directors of the last 20 years. His film adaptation of The English Patient is perhaps his greatest accomplishment. The film won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actress (Juliette Binoche), and six others. He was also an accomplished stage director, well-known for his highly regarded version of the opera Madame Butterfly, which played in 2005 at the English National Opera and the Metropolitan Opera.

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