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Cold Mountain

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See Han-Shan (Cold Mountain) for the Chinese poet.

Cold Mountain is a novel by Charles Frazier, which was adapted by Anthony Minghella into a film in 2003. Minghella subsequently directed the film. The movie stars Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Rene Zellweger, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Natalie Portman. Rock musician Jack White also had a role in the film. Although set in the Southern United States, it was mostly filmed in the Transylvania region of Romania.


The movie was nominated for Academy Awards for:

Law plays a Confederate soldier named WP Inman, fed up with war, who starts off on foot for his home on Cold Mountain, in North Carolina, and the woman he loves, Ada (Kidman). But Ada is a city woman who only recently moved to the rural farm where her minister father has recently died, and struggles to keep the farm going with the help of Ruby (Zellweger).

Cold Mountain is a mountain in North Carolina, in the Appalachian Mountains. It is located in the Pisgah National Forest and is very suitable for hiking, on the Art Loeb Trail.

WP Inman (first names William Pinkney, although this is not mentioned in the film) was a real person from Cold Mountain who served in the Confederate Army, from which he deserted twice, and is reputedly buried in a local cemetery. His descendents still live in the area. [1] (http://www.ajc.com/news/content/news/1203/25coldmtn.html)

The film was one of an increasing number of Hollywood productions made in eastern Europe, chiefly because of much lower costs in the region but in this specific instance because Transylvania was less marked by modern life than the Appalachians (fewer power lines, telephone poles, paved roads and so on). This caused some controversy in North Carolina, although in fact an estimated 95 percent of feature films and television shows made in the state since the 1980s were set somewhere else.

The film also marked a technological and industry turnaround in editing. Murch edited Cold Mountain on Apple's sub-$1000 Final Cut Pro software using off the shelf G4's. This was a leap for such a big budgeted film, where expensive Avid systems are usually the standard NLE tool. His efforts on the film were documented in the 2005 book Behind the Seen: How Walter Murch Edited Cold Mountain Using Apple's Final Cut Pro and What This Means for Cinema.

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