Gabriel Yared: The English Patient

Composer Gabriel Yared produced a sumptuous score for Anthony Minghella's Oscar winner.

Released: 1996
Directed by: Anthony Minghella
Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Kristin Scott Thomas, Willem Dafoe, Juliette Binoche

The film: Set during the Second World War, this epic romance tells the story of a mysterious Englishman found badly burned in the Sahara. His nurse transports him across Europe, taking him to a deserted monastery in Italy where he begins to recollect his past and his relationship with a married woman with whom he had fallen in love.

The score: Lebanese composer Gabriel Yared's score is brim full with wistful romantic love melodies which seem to have a life of their own, spanning time across the film's flashbacks. Against the musical accompaniment, some of these scenes have a serene beauty oblivious to the war being waged elsewhere.