The English Patient (Miramax Collector's Edition)
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- Master Class with writer-director Anthony Minghella (includes deleted scenes)
- CBC documentary "The Making of The English Patient"
- Author Michael Ondaatje featurette
- Producer Saul Zaentz featurette
- Production Designer Stuart Craig featurette
- A historical look at the real Count Almasy
- "From Novel to Screenplay" - Interviews with Cast and Crew
- Filmmaker conversations
- The Eyes of Phil Brady - still photographer
- Film reviews
Top Customer Reviews
Director Anthony Minghella's screenplay shifts the center of Michael Ondaatje's story slightly in order to capture on film the essence of his beautiful prose. Ondaatje's novel is one of poetic beauty, a potrait of a rose beneath the water's surface. The film brings that beautiful rose out of the water and into the sunlight. The book and the film are so deeply intertwined you can not watch this film without wanting to read the book, nor can you read the book without wanting to see the film. The story itself centers around three people either in love with, or haunted by ghosts they have loved and lost to war.
Juliette Binoche gives an Oscar winning performance as Hana, a kind nurse with a gentle spirit but a damaged heart. She latches onto the burned and charred body of a man known only as the English patient, and ends up caring for him in a shell ravaged Italian villa in Tuscany where she feeds him plums and reads to him. When a man named Caravaggio with scars of his own arrives, the mystery of who the English patient really is begins to unfold via flashbacks. In the present, Hana begins to let her heart heal when she falls in love with a Sikh who disarms bombs left by the Germans.
It is the memories of the English patient, however, which are at the heart of this film. Ralph Fiennes gives a subtle performance as the introspective Almasy, part of an international expedition mapping an unending desert with both the romance, and the danger of the sea.Read more ›
"The English Patient" is an epic tale of love and loss; of ownership, belonging and the bars erected thereto. It unites the stories of five people: Hungarian count Laszlo de Almasy (Ralph Fiennes), mistaken as English by a British Army medical unit in Italy after professing to have forgotten his identity; Hana (Juliette Binoche), Almasy's Canadian nurse; Katherine Clifton (Kristin Scott Thomas), his erstwhile lover; Kip (Naveen Andrews), a Sikh sapper and Caravaggio (Willem Dafoe), an ex-spy and thief.Read more ›
This is a movie aimed at adults. If you want: constant action, simplistic plot, black-and-white relationships, car crashes, shoot outs (OK, it does have some crashes and shooting), then you probably want to look elsewhere. Casablanca, to which this movie has been contrasted, (though a good movie) could fall into the category of propaganda: produced during WWII, everyone conformed to the main line. Real people had real lives going on during WWII.
I find that the negative reviews of this movie fall into two categories: 1) those who are (terribly) morally offended by extra-marital affairs, and 2) those that can't follow a complex plot and set of characters. If you can see beyond those issues, and you like a good, complex tragedy, you should enjoy this movie.
This is a wonderful movie. The cinematography is gorgeous, music is fantastic, story is complex and compelling, the characters diverse and engaging. Everyone I know liked this movie a lot. Two love stories, plenty of tragedy and twists. Great actors and acting. The story is revealed slowly through flashbacks, it's a great dramatic device and works very well. I am a voracious reader and I have read the book as well: I prefer the movie (I can only say this about one other novel/movie: Dr. Zhivago). Like I said, everyone I know liked it very much. Enjoy.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Always one of my favorites, but only just got around to adding it to my collection.Published 8 days ago by Cecil B.
Read the book afterward and enjoy two marvelous, emotional, epic works of art.Published 26 days ago by parhelion
So, finally holding this in my hands, I'd like to FYI just two things.
First, as mentioned by others the Miramax/Lionsgate version is proper 1080p, though not... Read more
First time I tried to watch this i (think I was drunk k) fell asleep, but the 2nd time found out what a truly great flic this is. Read morePublished 2 months ago by S. Smith
Ralph is wonderful this is one of my favorite movies of all time!Published 2 months ago by Mazie Pearl
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