Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Ant(h)ony Minghella Dead: Not an interdental fricative phoneme

Am shocked by the death of film director Anthony Minghella at just age 54. Only the other day Nesta Wyn Ellis' praise for his The English Patient took my mind back to that most beautiful of movies. Go to Access Interviews for Minghella's Barbican talks about his movie career, click here.

(Would Americans especially please note that in pronunciation of his Christian name the "h" in Anthony is silent: only the English seem to understand this. In phonology the "th" in Anthony is not an example of an interdental (voiceless, non-sibilant) fricative phoneme. When a speaker pronounces fricative consonants, parts of the mouth such as the teeth and bottom lip partially block the flow of air. It is as though something has obstructed the air flow - like a large uncooked turnip - and it is fighting its way out. But not in Anthony. So don't do it, OK? Think of Ant(h)ony. Hit the "t" as in tart, t t t !!)

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

You fucking thit

Adrianos said...

Oh, I say ! Bit strong of `Anonymous`, don`t you Tink ?

Anonymous said...

Kevin Spacey said on TV Minghella a close friend.

Anonymous said...

I guess this is as close to an obituary as we can expect on Arcathi.

Adrianos said...

You started it !

Anonymous said...

I love it when you talk dirty, madame

Anonymous said...

So sad. Minghella was David Lean's spiritual son.

< Kevin Spacey said on TV Minghella a close friend. >

This comes as no surprise: Kevin Spacey's former longtime girlfriend Dianne Dreyer was Minghella's script supervisor.

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0237802/

Madame Arcati said...

Oooh do tell more about Dianne - apart from what you've read in the PR sheets that is.

Anonymous said...

Oh how you’d like to know, wouldn’t you? :->
But unfortunately the only “reachable” person who could provide some accurate information removed almost everything Spacey-related (at least the written stuff) from her site when she updated it after her unpleasant experience with your blog. I don’t blame her. However, I remember quite clearly there were allusions in her web diary to private letters in which her close friend Kevin told her about a love affair he had on the set of the “Glengarry GlenRoss” movie (Dianne Dreyer was its script supervisor actually, and presumably the pair met there). That was in 1992, way before he was a famous, and at a time where he didn’t have to deal with unwelcome scrutiny. As by coincidence, he began showing up with Dianne that year, and then on a regular basis until 2000. A few pictures can be seen here:

http://wireimage.com/celebrities.aspx?ipp=120&so=1,a&s=kevin-spacey

Ms Dreyer is not a celebrity. Her most recent work as a script supervisor was in 2006, according to IMDb. I have no idea where she is now, if even she’s alive. That’s all. I have no doubt you’ll make a wise use of this troubling titbit.