Every Friday, we feature a movie one of our staff has chosen as their favorite Miramax film, along with personal stories about what makes it special to them. Consider watching one over the weekend. Today’s pick is The English Patient from our Rights Inventory Analyst, Sarah Rhoades.
“In memory, love lives forever”
The English Patient is one of my all-time favorite films. I first saw it during my junior year of high school after I had written a term paper on the book of the same name. I enjoyed the book but I adored the movie – and by adored I mean I sobbed through the entire 162 minutes of beautiful imagery and complex, emotional scenes.
The title character tells his story from the days leading up to WWII through the movie’s present day, set during the last days of the war. His stories are illustrated by flashbacks of all kinds: sweet, risqué, tense, and sometimes horrific. The juxtaposition of the mortally injured man in the Italian countryside against the dashing man-in-love in pre-war North Africa is visually and emotionally moving, making his tragic love story even more devastating.
My absolute favorite part of the film is the love story (or torrid affair) of Katherine Clifton and Almásy (what caused the aforementioned sobbing). The passion and intensity of their love ignites quickly and burns throughout the flashbacks. From when they first meet in the desert to the last time he leaves her, you can feel the chemistry crackling between Katherine and Almásy. This is the perfect film to watch when you need a satisfyingly emotional cry.
- Immediately upon arriving in the desert, Katherine begins teasing Almásy about his terse writing style. In this scene: Count Laszlo de Almásy (Ralph Fiennes), Katharine Clifton (Kristin Scott Thomas), Geoffrey Clifton (Colin Firth)
- Under the guise of being a concerned neighbor from her homeland, Caravaggio comes to the monastery where Hana is caring for Almásy. In this scene: Hana (Juliette Binoche), David Caravaggio (Willem Dafoe)
- In the aftermath of a terrible sandstorm, Katherine uncovers a different side of Almásy. In this scene: Katharine Clifton (Kristin Scott Thomas), Count Laszlo de Almásy (Ralph Fiennes)
- After watching Katherine dance with another man, Almásy can no longer contain his jealousy. In this scene: Katharine Clifton (Kristin Scott Thomas), Count Laszlo de Almásy (Ralph Fiennes)
- In the middle of the night, Caravaggio first comforts then confronts Hana about Almásy's true nature. In this scene: Count Laszlo de Almásy (Ralph Fiennes), Hana (Juliette Binoche), David Caravaggio (Willem Dafoe)
- During his pursuit of aid for a wounded Katherine, Almásy is taken prison by unreasonable British soldiers. In this scene: Count Laszlo de Almásy (Ralph Fiennes)