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that the slave himself is a sign and guide - offering him a ride, feeding him, sheltering . of tenderness redefines their relationship by letting Inman know that Ada. This quote follows Inman's reading from Bartram, the pioneer This exemplifies the intimate relationship the mountain people have with the land. a scene that shows that Ada is interested in and trying to learn nature's ways. "The girl's name, Ada soon discovered, was Ruby, and though the look of her was not confidence-inspiring, she convincingly depicted herself.
It opens with its most sobering scene, a concentrated evocation of the Siege of Petersburg, Va. Thereafter, Minghella uses mostly close-ups to emphasize the chaos and massive human loss, as blood increasingly reddens the mud, not even bothering to note the outcome of the clash. One of the Southern soldiers, who fights bravely and well, goes by the single name of Inman Jude Lawand even as the battle rages the film cuts back to a quieter moment three years earlier, when Inman, a handsome carpenter in a small North Carolina town, met the beauteous Ada Monroe Nicole Kidmanthe daughter of an old preacher Donald Sutherland just arrived from Charleston to lead to local parish.
In their voiced-over correspondence most of it never received and in their eventual conversation, both Inman and Ada reflect upon how they barely know each other. And yet their feelings are enough to not only keep them single-mindedly devoted throughout the war, but to motivate them to survive no matter the calamities that befall them in the interim.
As a deserter, Inman must now be wary of all troops, Union or Confederate. When her father dies, things go rapidly downhill for Ada. In the matters of pigs and cloth, how are these used to explain self-reliance?
Suggest why barter is such a mystery to Ada. What is happening with money in Civil War society? But she is without money now and so bartering is important 4. Ada worried about the mobility of the cabriolet.
Why is this, a worry to her? Ada recognises that if the cabriolet is gone then she has no escape from the hard new life she has chosen — she still desires an escape route but this desire worries her.
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What contrast does the moving of the piano offer about Cold Mountain society? Today, people hire specialists to move pianos without damaging them. Also some people were doing quite well and could afford luxuries like a piano.
What other changes do you see in Ada in this chapter? In this chapter she also admits her feelings for Inman.
In this chapter she is also coming to the realisation of how hard it is to run and produce on a farm. As the three strands of the narrative play out, tone is often gritty, intense, sorrowful even, with Minghella cribbing from the Anthony Mann Western book by having the stunning landscapes form part of the characters emotional world.
Come back to me, come back to me Story is strong, even if the key romance is soft; since it's told mostly in flash backs, but those flash backs are threaded into the main seam of Ada's life on the home front and Inman's perilous odyssey. She, befriended by hard working, dirty handed, Ruby Thewes Zellewegger excellent ; who also provides the only moments of levity within, he, meeting up with a number of interesting characters, both good and bad.
This of course makes the film episodic, but in this instance it's a good thing, mainly because characters are so utterly compelling. Hoffman as a less than honourable priest and Portman as a young woman out in a wood cabin, alone with her sick baby, they stand out.
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But there's also the Home Guard attached enforcers led by blood thirsty Teague Winstone and a potent thread involving Ruby's fiddle playing father, Stobrod Gleeson as usual a considerable screen presence. On the technical front it's hard to find fault, it's a tip top production. Romania's mountains, rolling hills and forests form the backdrop to most of the action, with John Seale's Academy Award nominated photography neatly passing for a rugged North Carolina.
While the costumes, set design and Yared's score also add impetus to the feel of the time.
There's some minor itches, such as fluctuating accents and the delicacy of the romance lacking the passion to drive such a journey by Inman on, but they are not flaws. Such is the strength of Minghella's story telling ability, Cold Mountain still comes out as great cinema. A film that can stay in your mind for days after viewing it.
Bleak yet subtle, savage yet tender, a different sort of Civil war movie. Worth watching even if "brought to you by Mattel. Fortunately, the good outweighs the bad enough to make it worthwhile viewing.
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Law plays a shy, but thoughtful young man in Cold Mountain, NC. When the local minister's daughter Kidman moves to town, he is immediately taken with her and they share a few very brief, very stifled moments including an impromptu kiss before he leaves to fight in the Civil War. An opening battle scene is so intense that the impact of it literally tears the clothes off one participant!
As they each experience great change, disappointment and destruction, it is their longing for each other that keeps them going.
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He can't wait to get back to her and she can't wait for him to come back. As Law treks across the southeastern coast, he comes upon a wide variety of opponents and allies. These are all played with great skill by a terrific gallery of solid, semi-name actors Hoffman, Ribisi, Portman, Atkins, etc Meanwhile, Kidman faces the end of her gentle existence and almost existence itself until a scrappy, brassy local girl steps in to rescue her.
Zellweger plays this feisty, mouthy girl, using every ounce of her acting prowess. The pair must fend off an opportunistic home guardsman played by a slimy Winstone. The film lurches forward with the all-important reunion moment dangling in front of the viewers like a carrot on a stick.
It is solely due to the acting talent and intense chemistry of the stars and not the sketchy, spotty script that this moment carries any dramatic weight at all.