Cold Mountain tells the story of a wounded Confederate soldier named Inman who struggles on a perilous journey to get back home to Cold Mountain, N.C. as well as to Ada, the woman he left behind before going off to fight in the Civil War. Along the way, he meets a long line of interesting and colorful characters, while back at home, Ada is learning the ropes of managing her deceased father’s farm with Ruby, a scrappy drifter who assists and teaches Ada along the way. —IMDb
A director known primarily for his classy, richly textured screen adaptations of famous novels, Anthony Minghella gained international recognition with his 1996 adaptation of Michael Ondaatje’s The English Patient. Nominated for 11 Academy Awards, the film ultimately won nine including Best Film and Best Director statuettes for Minghella.
Born to Italian parents on the Isle of Wight on January 6, 1954, Minghella grew up next door to the neighborhood cinema. An early film devotee, he managed to score free film admission by befriending the cinema’s projectionist. Despite his lifelong interest in the cinema, Minghella took a long and circuitous path to filmmaking. After earning a degree from the University of Hull, where he lectured on literature, he began writing plays. In 1984, three years after he started his playwriting career, he was named Most Promising Playwright of the Year by the London Theatre Critics. Further adulation followed in 1986 when Minghella’s Made in Bangkok… read more
"I imagine god is weary of being pulled down on both sides of an argument." Perhaps not the best casting for these roles, but what really killed this decent script was the tasteless direction. I sort of imagine him going "oh, that will work," after a take or two... Sure its strong, but it ain't interesting.
Overall, this film receives a lot of negative commentary based on it being Oscar bait, or Hollywood trite, but the fact of the matter is that it is a beautiful film. The production design is especially striking, putting the audience directly into the striking beauty of 19th century North Carolina. This lengthy romantic epic echoes the tragedy of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem "Evangeline".