I’ve just been down a long, winding, and very enjoyable rabbit hole that started with a tweet by Kate Atherley:
She was referring to Someone Else’s Movie, a podcast hosted (genially) by Norm Wilner.
I saw the 1990 Anthony Minghella movie Truly, Madly, Deeply over 10 years ago. I caught it on TV, in passing. It is one of my favorite movies, because it does one of my favorite things: persuade me to suspend my firm disbelief in visitations from the beyond, time travel and stuff like that. When a book or movie can make such miracles plausible, I can’t resist it. As Kate points out, ugly crying may result, and there is no catharsis like an ugly cry.
Norm Wilner’s conversation with Carsten Knox got me totally on fire again about Truly, Madly, Deeply. Since these two actually know a lot about this movie, other work by the director and actors, and movies in general, they pointed out details and connections I’d never known. It’s all more resonant with the perspective we have now: both Alan Rickman and director Anthony Minghella died before they finished their work here.
After listening to the podcast, I went skidding around the internet, trying to find a way to watch the movie again online. This is impossible at the moment, at least from a computer in the United States. I ended up watching a YouTube chop shop version that was missing 2 of its 9 segments. (It’s there, but I don’t recommend it.) Even in that sorry state, though, the movie was as moving and funny as I remembered, and greatly enhanced by having listened to the podcast. (Knitwear bonus: good 1990s silhouettes and one floral cardigan of a style that no one who was alive then will admit to now, but they totally had one.)
Googling around on the Imdb and whatnot (always more refreshing than sleep), I learned that there is a direct connection between Truly, Madly, Deeply and the British TV series River, another favorite in the magical-thinking genre, which was deeply satisfying.
Also, TMD’s love interest Mark was played by Michael Maloney, who played the Dauphin of France in Kenneth Branagh’s film of Henry V, and also had a juicy role in River. This was worth staying up for, all by itself.
All of this took almost 3 hours, during which I made great progress on my log cabin pullover. I call that a very productive rabbit hole.
In conclusion: I look forward to listening to more episodes of Someone Else’s Movie. I rate it 4/4, will ugly-cry again.