There are fleeting glimpses of black Union soldiers in the horrific maelstrom of the Crater. There is another scene of slaves picking cotton. And there is a brief but haunting scene of a terrified family about to be caught in the open by the Home Guard. The issue of race and slavery in Cold Mountain is similarly muted, in some cases simply marginalized.
Yes, this opera is about women; becoming independent, learning to love and supporting each other. Overall, the work is a masterpiece, blending an incredible human story with music that represents struggle just as well.
This struggle begins with Ada, the heart aching orphaned young woman whose lover Inman went away to fight for the Confederacy in the Civil War, leaving her alone on a farm which she has no idea how to run.
The independent mountain woman, Ruby who raised herself on a farm after her alcoholic father abandoned her as a childsees her plight and comes to teach her the ways of farming in exchange for making her own home on the farm.
For example, Inman shows his doubts about killing and participating in war, and so he deserts the Confederacy and tries to go home.
Although his trials and journey home are strongly based on the Odyssey, he is not a typical war hero. He is in love.
He has strong emotions and vulnerability, just as Odysseus does, which is one of the most beautiful parts of this opera. As a recovering alcoholic searching for redemption, his defenses are low and the emotions are high when he has to beg his estranged daughter for help hiding from the law.
The love, regret, and humility that he expresses in that moment are raw and real, as he holds no archetypical masculine pride and is an honest and accurate emotional depiction of a real, vulnerable person. Of course, the malice and destruction of war and its perpetuators are fully embodied in grotesque accuracy as well.
Of course, we are also talking about the Confederacy, so even his lawful actions are to benefit the Confederate war effort which today we would call monstrous and evil as well.
That said, the slightly uncomfortable atonality of the entire work, along with the haphazard-looking wooden beams which make up the set, eke out the sensation of destruction by war.
Every aspect of this performance evokes a sense of confusion, fear and war-torn sadness that is timeless beyond history. Cold Mountain could be about any war.
So could the Odyssey, or this story would have no business existing. And from the rawness and realness demonstrated throughout this visceral yet beautiful performance, the old saying certainly rings true: Related This entry was posted in Entertainment and tagged civil warcold mountainodysseyopera by 14thstreetmag.Dec 25, · Fortunately, ''Cold Mountain,'' which stars Jude Law and Nicole Kidman as would-be lovers separated by the cruelty and privation of the American Civil War, distinguishes itself from such.
Cold Mountain: The Civil War The Civil War was a four year armed conflict between northern and southern sections of the United States. The Civil War cost .
Cold Mountain: The Civil War The Civil War was a four year armed conflict between northern and southern sections of the United States. The Civil War cost 4/4(1). "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. The film is set in the waning days of the American Civil War, and tells the story of a wounded soldier played by Jude Law who embarks on a perilous journey back home to Cold Mountain, North.
Cold Mountain: The Civil War The Civil War was a four year armed conflict between northern and southern sections of the United States. The Civil War cost more American lives than any other war .