Academy Award Winning Movies 3

Academy Award Winning Movies 3

Director: Anthony Minghella, John Madden, Michael Radford
Cast: Joseph Fiennes

DVD (Wide Screen / Letterbox)


In this remake of the 1983 Ardiente Paciencia by Antonio Skarmeta, the time and place have been changed to Italy in the 1950s, but the relationship between the Chilean Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda and Mario (Massimo Troisi), the postman who delivers his copious mail, is still the focus of attention. In this version of the story, scripted by a collective of Anna Pavignano, the director Michael Radford, Troisi himself, and a few others (based on Skarmeta's original story), Neruda is an aloof and slightly elitist figure who is seeking solitude on an island off the coast of Italy, taking a respite from political problems at home. Mario is a poet at heart and employs every measure he is capable of inventing to win his way into the affections and attention of the great author. As his efforts start to bear fruit and Neruda unbends and begins to share conversation and philosophy with Mario, the postman idolizes the poet all the more. Eventually, Neruda shares his leftist political philosophy as well -- and helps him win over the captivating Beatrice, the woman of Mario's dreams. When Neruda leaves, Mario enters into high gear as he prepares material for the next time he sees Neruda -- his ardor and patience, alluded to in the original title -- are essentially indestructible. (Massimo Troisi) was fated never to know that Il Postino would receive worldwide acclaim and be nominated for an Oscar for "Best Picture" in 1995 (the first foreign film nominated in that category since Ingmar Bergman's Cries and Whispers 22 years earlier). Suffering from a heart ailment and unable to work more than an hour or two on the filming of Il Postino each day, he died in his sleep at the age of 41, the day after shooting ended on the film.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/10/2004
UPC: 0786936238631
Rating: R
Source: Miramax
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Letterbox, Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 6:32:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Shakespeare in Love: Shakespeare in Love and on Film; Shakespeare in Love: 1998 Academy Award-Winning Costumes; Shakespeare in Love: Feature commentary by director John Madden; Shakespeare in Love: Feature commentary by cast and crew; Shakespeare in Love: Deleted scenes; Shakespeare in Love: TV spots; Shakespeare in Love: Shakespeare facts; Shakespeare in Love: Theatrical trailer; Shakespeare in Love: French language track; The English Patient: Spanish subtitles; Il Postino: Audio commentary by director Michael Radford; Il Postino: The TV special "Poetry, Passion, The Postman - The Return of Pablo Neruda"; Il Postino: Featurette; Il Postino: Soundtrack featurette; Il Postino:TV commercials; Il Postino: Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Joseph Fiennes William Shakespeare
Massimo Troisi Mario Ruoppolo
Ralph Fiennes Count Laszlo Almasy
Gwyneth Paltrow Viola De Lesseps
Juliette Binoche Hana
Philippe Noiret Pablo Neruda
Geoffrey Rush Philip Henslowe
Maria Grazia Cucinotta Beatrice Russo
Willem Dafoe Caravaggio
Judi Dench Elizabeth I
Kristin Scott Thomas Katharine Clifton
Linda Moretti Donna Rosa
Naveen Andrews Kip
Renato Scarpa Telegrapher
Simon Callow Tilney, Master of the Revels

Technical Credits
Anthony Minghella Director
John Madden Director
Michael Radford Director

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Shakespeare in Love
1. Program Start [:41]
2. Henslowe's Dilemma [3:23]
3. Will [2:53]
4. Writer's Block [2:34]
5. The Chamberlain's Men [4:22]
6. Poetry, Adventure and Love [2:08]
7. It's a Mystery [2:32]
8. Titles [4:40]
9. The De Lesseps House [3:37]
10. At First Sight [3:41]
11. Inspiration [7:05]
12. Arrangements [4:20]
13. How Do You Love Her [3:40]
14. Better Than a Play [5:27]
15. Reading Lines [4:41]
16. Good Title [4:38]
17. Her Majesty [3:51]
18. Writer's Quarrel [4:18]
19. Bad News [3:11]
20. To Church [3:16]
21. How Much I Loved You... [3:32]
22. The Final Draft [2:38]
23. Confrontation [5:36]
24. The Proposition [5:06]
25. Opening Night [4:13]
26. Juliet [2:42]
27. Star-Crossed Lovers [6:57]
28. Public Lewdness [4:25]
29. Lady Wessex [4:59]
30. Twelfth Night [2:05]
31. End Credits [8:08]
Side #2 -- The English Patient
1. Program Start
2. Opening Credits
3. Last Requests
4. Questions and Answers
5. Minefield
6. Hana Stays Behind
7. The Story of Candaules
8. The New Houseguest
9. Dangerous Bach
10. Writings on the Wall
11. Newfound Feelings
12. Katharine Remains
13. Sandstorm
14. Reading Lessons
15. An Unexpected Visitor
16. Illicit Liaisons
17. Plan of Surprise
18. A Gift for Kip
19. Clearing Out
20. Torture Room
21. Drunken Spactacle
22. A Volume of Light
23. Defusing the Bomb
24. It's Raining
25. Disastrous Celebration
26. Caravaggio's Departure
27. Death Fight
28. In Need of Help
29. The Train Trip
30. Reflections
31. Fatal Injection
32. Closing Credits
Side #3 -- Il Postino
1. Program Start
2. Opening Credits
3. Not a Kid Anymore
4. Wanted: Postman
5. A Postman's Trick
6. "Regards, Pablo Neruda"
7. Talk of Metapors
8. On Becoming a Poet
9. The Sea
10. Early Morning Favor
11. Good News
12. The Danger of Words
13. "Naked..."
14. A Widow's Fury
15. The Reception
16. Departures
17. Not Mentioned
18. The Bird That's Eaten
19. Wonders of the Island
20. Return of a Poet
21. Poem for Neruda
22. End Credits

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