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accepting_VBG
his_PP$
oscar_NN
as_IN
producer_NN
of_IN
this_DT
year_NN
's_POS
best_JJS
picture_NN
winner_NN
,_,
saul_NP
zaentz_NP
remarked_VBD
that_CS
his_PP$
cup_NN
runneth_NP
over_IN
._.
one_CD
could_MD
almost_RB
say_VB
the_DT
same_DT
about_IN
his_PP$
much-prized_JJ
film_NN
._.
rarely_RB
is_BEZ
the_DT
screen_NN
so_RB
overflowing_VBG
with_IN
potent_JJ
imagery_NN
,_,
symbolism_NN
,_,
ideas_NNS
and_CC
metaphors_NNS
,_,
complex_JJ
and_CC
literate_JJ
storytelling_NN
,_,
all_PDT
possessed_VBD
of_IN
an_DT
intelligence_NN
that_CS
invites_VBZ
--_???
even_JJ
demands_NNS
--_???
constant_JJ
scrutiny_NN
,_,
an_DT
acuity_NN
of_IN
perception_NN
and_CC
observation_NN
that_CS
must_MD
somehow_RB
yield_VB
the_DT
truth_NN
._.
in_IN
short_JJ
,_,
the_DT
antithesis_NN
of_IN
all_PDT
things_NNS
hollywood_NP
._.
yet_RB
this_DT
surfeit_CS
of_IN
signals_NNS
is_BEZ
made_VBN
to_IN
serve_VB
a_NP
rather_RB
pale_JJ
and_CC
thinly_RB
realized_VBD
love_NN
story_NN
whose_WP$
emotional_JJ
impact_NN
is_BEZ
as_CS
dry_JJ
as_IN
a_DT
desert_NN
wind_NN
._.
ralph_NP
fiennes_NNS
is_BEZ
the_DT
title_NN
character_NN
,_,
an_DT
amnesiac_JJ
burn_NN
victim_NN
whose_WP$
gradual_JJ
return_NN
to_IN
memory_NN
,_,
and_CC
particularly_RB
the_DT
memory_NN
of_IN
love_NN
,_,
is_BEZ
the_DT
ostensible_JJ
focus_NN
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
._.
but_CC
despite_IN
the_DT
use_NN
of_IN
numerous_JJ
flashbacks_NNS
to_IN
help_NN
put_VB
the_DT
pieces_NNS
of_IN
this_DT
personal_JJ
puzzle_NN
together_RB
,_,
we_PP
never_RB
learn_VB
enough_RB
about_IN
the_DT
man_NN
to_IN
feel_NN
much_DT
empathy_NN
for_IN
him_PP
._.
his_PP$
emotional_JJ
life_NN
before_IN
the_DT
story_NN
begins_VBZ
is_BEZ
an_DT
essential_JJ
clue_NN
that_CS
remains_VBZ
withheld_VBN
._.
the_DT
same_DT
can_MD
easily_RB
be_BE
said_VBN
for_IN
every_DT
other_JJ
character_NN
in_IN
the_DT
film_NN
,_,
of_IN
which_WDT
there_EX
are_BER
too_RB
many_DT
._.
juliette_NP
binoche_NN
's_POS
nurse_NN
comes_VBZ
as_IN
close_JJ
as_CS
this_DT
film_NN
gets_VBZ
to_IN
an_DT
emotional_JJ
heart_NN
._.
at_IN
least_DT
we_PP
learn_VB
early_JJ
on_IN
that_DT
she_PP
is_BEZ
scarred_VBN
by_IN
the_DT
deaths_NNS
of_IN
those_DT
close_JJ
to_IN
her_PP$
,_,
and_CC
so_RB
we_PP
understand_VB
why_WRB
she_PP
is_BEZ
eager_JJ
to_TO
escape_VB
the_DT
company_NN
of_IN
her_PP$
comrades_NNS
in_IN
order_NN
to_IN
seek_VB
refuge_NN
in_IN
the_DT
convalescence_NN
of_IN
a_DT
mysterious_JJ
,_,
disfigured_VBD
,_,
dying_VBG
stranger_NN
._.
even_RB
this_DT
information_NN
is_BEZ
imparted_VBN
so_RB
quickly_RB
and_CC
in_IN
such_DT
cursory_NN
fashion_NN
,_,
however_RB
,_,
that_CS
it_PP
verges_VBZ
on_IN
the_DT
comical_JJ
._.
with_IN
so_RB
many_DT
characters_NNS
enjoying_VBG
so_RB
little_JJ
screen_NN
time_NN
,_,
the_DT
film_NN
's_POS
160_CD
minutes_NNS
can_MD
be_BE
taxing_JJ
._.
yet_RB
there_EX
is_BEZ
something_PN
so_RB
captivating_JJ
about_IN
the_DT
sensibility_NN
behind_IN
the_DT
camera_NN
that_CS
i_PP
couldn't_MD
help_VB
but_CC
feel_VB
that_DT
greatness_NN
was_BEDZ
in_IN
the_DT
air_NN
._.
hints_NNS
of_IN
it_PP
were_BED
everywhere_RB
--_???
in_CD
a_NP
man_NN
who_WP
hates_VBZ
ownership_NN
but_CC
wants_VBZ
desperately_RB
to_IN
possess_VB
his_PP$
lover_NN
;_;
in_IN
ancient_JJ
cave_NN
paintings_NNS
of_IN
swimmers_NNS
copied_VBN
casually_RB
by_IN
a_DT
modern-day_JJ
swimmer_NN
in_IN
the_DT
sahara_NP
;_;
in_IN
the_DT
way_NN
the_DT
shifting_JJ
sands_NNS
of_IN
time_NN
obliterate_VB
everything_PN
more_RBR
completely_RB
than_CS
a_DT
world_NN
war_NN
._.
there_EX
is_BEZ
enough_RB
latent_JJ
meaning_NN
to_IN
supply_NN
college_NN
film_NN
students_NNS
with_IN
paper_NN
topics_NNS
for_IN
years_NNS
._.
but_CC
ultimately_RB
the_DT
emotional_JJ
truths_NNS
writer-director_NN
anthony_NP
minghella_NN
was_BEDZ
grasping_VBG
for_IN
were_BED
never_RB
revealed_VBN
._.
in_IN
the_DT
end_NN
,_,
i_PP
was_BEDZ
left_VBN
with_IN
the_DT
impression_NN
that_CS
i_PP
had_HVD
witnessed_VBN
quite_RB
an_DT
oxymoron_NN
:_:
a_DT
haunting_NN
bore_NN
._.
bore_VB
is_BEZ
perhaps_RB
too_RB
strong_JJ
a_DT
word_NN
._.
but_CC
after_IN
drinking_NN
in_IN
the_DT
rich_JJ
production_NN
values_NNS
,_,
the_DT
cup_NN
remains_VBZ
only_RB
slightly_RB
over_IN
half-full_NP
._.