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Richard Curtis a fan of multi-story films

Dec. 24, 2003 at 7:00 PM

LONDON, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- Braiding together nine stories can be daunting for the most experienced filmmaker, but screenwriter Richard Curtis said in London he was determined.

Curtis explained to reporters that in his directorial debut he wanted to loosely model "Love Actually" after the multi-story films of Woody Allen, Robert Altman and Quentin Tarantino because "they're the films I like."

"I also was starting to find that films take me so long to write that I didn't want to just concentrate on two people for three years," he noted, "because my life has lots of bits of it: children, friends, people I work with, people I love, that I thought it would be nice to be able to deal with a wide range."

Starring Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Keira Knightley, Liam Neeson, Alan Rickman and Emma Thompson in various, intertwining tales of love, "Love Actually" earned Golden Globe nominations for best comedy and best screenplay last week.

Curtis is best-known for writing the hit romantic comedies "Four Weddings and a Funeral," "Notting Hill" and "Bridget Jones's Diary," all of which starred Grant.

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