Sam Taylor-Wood on Anthony Minghella

The late, great Anthony Minghella, director of such notable features as Truly, Madly Deeply and The Talented Mr Ripley, receives a glowing tribute from conceptual artist and filmmaker Sam Taylor-Wood. In a candid speech describing her first encounter with Minghella, Taylor-Wood describes the impact he has had on her career and her experiences of working with one of the true greats of British cinema. This tribute took place at the launch of Screen Epiphanies, a BFI publication championed by Minghella.

"What I remember was that it was the first time a piece of fiction had had such a devastating emotional effect on me. A lot of children remember seeing cartoons, Pinocchio or Bambi or something that breaks their heart. I remember seeing The Blue Angel and it breaking my heart. It was the first time I realised there was an adult world - that adults could damage each other or destroy each other emotionally. It might have fed into a whole series of epiphanies about my own upbringing. I was living in a family where my grandparents had separated in quite complex circumstances. Perhaps it resonated with some elements of that, to do with simply how love can be a rupturing and damaging emotion as well as a healing one. Also, to see somebody who is in an authority position made so small, so diminished, by the feeling of having no control." Anthony Minghella / The Blue Angel



 

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