Even though the Spring Semester at Spartanburg Community College is over, I plan to use certain clips from the movie, "Cold Mountain," in some of my future US History classes. In this case, the one area which stands out would be the battle sequence at "The Crater."
There could be a number of reasons for choosing FIVE STARS for "COLD MOUNTAIN." One which stands out, is that it is a historical drama centered around 'The War of Northern Aggression.' Southerners, especially those on the home front, had a number of problems to address, one of which was basic survival. The second reason, as a period piece, can be seen in the style of clothing and customs depicted in the film. The third reason, is that the film is very close to reality for the pressures placed upon the average Southern soldier, who realizes that one's family needs him at home, as the South is beginning to fall apart. These soldiers knew the consequences of being caught, and that in itself was not pleasant. But, there was that strong pull of family and loved ones, which is depicted in the film. Then, there was the music which had that down home southern mood, as well as the soundtrack. Enough said.
Basically, I liked the movie because it was a beautiful historical period piece. At the same time, it had a moving story centered around two lovers who were caught up in the historical events of the time. The scenery and sets were beautifully filmed and depicted in the movie and helped to set the mood or atmosphere of the 'Old South'. But, the period clothing and events, which were fairly accurate, was a welcome addition to movies about the 'War Between the States.' Now, was that 'The War of Southern Secession' or 'The American Civil War'? Anyway, to me it was a very good historical period piece.
I highly recommend this video. The movie (VHS) COLD MOUNTAIN allows for one to see other aspects of what people had to
endure on the home front.