Cold Mountain (2003)
Starring: Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Renée Zellweger, Donald Sutherland, Brendan Gleeson, Ray Winstone, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Kathy Baker, Natalie Portman, Jack White, Ethan Suplee, Charlie Hunnam, Giovanni Ribisi, Eileen Atkins, Melora Walters, James Gammon, Lucas Black, Cillian Murphy, James Rebhorn, Jena Malone
Screenplay by: Anthony Minghella and Charles Frazier (SW)
Directed by: Anthony Minghella
Music: “Idumea” written by Charles Wesley (1707) and Amzi Chapin (1812) based on a traditional melody, arranged by Tim Eriksen and performed by Sacred Harp Singers (as Sacred Harp Singers at Liberty Church); “I Wish My Baby was Born” Traditional with additional lyrics by Anthony Minghella, arranged by Anthony Minghella and T-Bone Burnett (as Henry Burnett) and performed by Tim Eriksen, Riley Baugus, Ray Winstone
There are varying thoughts on this film, ranging from it being overlong and melodramatic to being a powerful love story mixed with a condemnation of war. It does display the horror and callousness of war as well as the untold excess of the every government against the liberty and persons of civilians (with the Conferderacy supposedly fighting against the tyranny of the yankees while being tyrants themselves). Minghella was able to use not only folk music to set an unforgiving yet hopeful tone, but also used hymns to great effect even for the battle scene that commences the film.
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