The English Patient starring Ralph Fiennes, Juliet Binoche, Willem Dafoe and Kirsten Scott Thomas. Directed by Anthony Minghella. 1996. Library Call Number: PN1995.9.W3 E65 2004
Winner of numerous awards, this is movie-making on an epic scale. Told in flashbacks of the life of a terminally burned, unknown man in a British military hospital during World War II, the story begins just before the war, in 1939, when Hungarian Count Laszlo de Almasy is mapping unexplored regions of the Sahara for the Royal Geographical Society during an archaeological expedition. He, and his co-explorer, Madox, are soon given financial and moral support when Geoffrey and Katherine Clifton join their exploration. Almasy and Katherine find a great attraction for each other and are soon involved in an affair that turns bad just as World War II erupts. Jealousy, love, hate and shame, betrayal and luck all take their turn as the emotional cyclone envelops all the characters against a backdrop of all-out war.