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[Commentary] Get Ready: A "Cold Mountain" Minus Us

Dear Forum Book Lovers:

I just sat through the A & E presentation of "Cold Mountain" a film based on Charles Frazier's novel book about a Southern love story. Now I love anything that Miramax films produces, and I have Minghella's "The Talented Mr. Ripley" in my movie collection. But couldn't Harvey W have pulled Anthony Minghella's coat and asked him why there were so few of us in the film? Probably not.

British director Anthony Minghella's statements on A & E about the brutality of war and his abhorrence to war (in this case the Civil War...that ended slavery?) were incredulous. What were the half million men in the US Colored Troops and the men and women contrabands who served in the Union Army to do? Rush and jump on a bus and freedom ride through Mississippi? Minghella says "To be honest, I could care less about Union soldiers and Confederate soldiers. I kept thinking about the Cultural Revolution in China." Would someone please tell Mr. Man needs to stop.

It's not like you and I aren't familiar with the story line... Confederate husband goes off to war and leaves Miss Ann to fend for herself, working in the fields like a common slave (lawd hav "mussy")...hiding the silver near the creek and getting ole faithful Uncle Rastus to jump in front of a Yankee musket.

Don't get me wrong, there were slaves and black Union soldiers in the film. The noble confederate soldier played by Jude Law encounters some of them on his picaresque journey to home. The UK's Guardian news commented, "Though there's an element of socio-political myopia in the narrative - not since Notting Hill have black people been so comprehensively erased from a movie in which by rights they should loom large -"

For all the great acting and good reviews, it's one more story that blurs the true cause of the Civil War (check out Mississipi's secession) and diminish the strategic role of our ancestors in liberating themselves from the American atrocity called slavery.

Below is the url of the complete review from the Guardian and in Time Magazine.

Can I get a witness?

K Wyer Lane

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1101031222-561493,00.html


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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