Re: Hey MMMMarcia - Say It Ain't So?!? OH BUT IT IS!

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Posted by MMMMarcia on September 09, 2000 at 15:15:39:

In Reply to: Hey MMMMarcia - Say It Ain't So?!? posted by Vince on September 08, 2000 at 20:13:49:

: Things in common:

: Mohican Mania
: eBay

: Thing NOT in common:

: Saw in a previous post that you are a big fan of Ralph Fiennes. Sorry, but I beg to differ. Did anybody see the English Patient? Heard it was a real tear jerker & to bring a lot of tissues. The movie so choppy (scenes jumping back & forth) that Debbie & I kept telling ourselves OK maybe the tear scene is coming up next. Before you know it - they are rolling the credits!!! I kid you not for I shed not a tear during the movie. Can anybody honestly say they liked it? Not us! One of the few movies that made me wish for a refund. The other was End Of Affair starring Julianne Moore. I actually fell asleep during the movie.

: Oh well 2 out of 3 ain't bad ;) Hope to see you next year!
: Vince

Well, I can see that I can't stay away from this board very long without things going to hell in a handbasket!!! ;o)

Vince, sorry to disappoint you, but I truly consider The English Patient the most beautiful movie I've ever seen. I had a HUGE English Patient webpage for a long time, until I ran out of space. I think the cinematography was stunning, the story lovely, and the acting superb. I thought Juliette Binoche was absolutely luminescent, and completely deserved the best supporting actress Oscar that she won. My only regret with that was that she should have been nominated for Best Actress. If she and Kristen Scott Thomas's nominations had been reversed, they would each have won. It DID win 11 Academny Awards, so I know I'm not alone in my thinking, here. But I do understand it is a movie people either hate or love madly...not much middle ground for it.

I thought the editing was marvelous, btw. The transitional shots of the plane flying over the dunes, turning into the folds of the blanket, Katherine's hand on the window fading to Almasy's face, the stunningly beautiful image of the Arab with the bottles swinging from the yoke over his neck...marvelous!

All in all, it is a movie I watch frequently, and cry through every time. In fact, you probably did a bad thing by getting me started on it again...I can talk English Patient for days and days.

Vive la difference, though!

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