When deftly executed, cinema is perhaps the ultimate convergence of the arts. And in the hands of Anthony Minghella, the medium reaches its peak. Minghella is not just a master storyteller; he treats his frame as an artistís canvas and organically weaves music into the fabric of his films. On Monday night at UCLAís Royce Hall, Minghella was on hand to talk about his latest film, Cold Mountain ñ based on Charles Frazierís National Book Award-winning novel - and to introduce the filmís soundtrack.
T-Bone Burnett, who created soundtrack alchemy with the Coen Brothersí O Brother Where Art Thou, was tapped by Minghella to recreate the sounds of Civil War-era bluegrass. Burnett turned to his stable of frequent collaborators ñ including Allison Krauss, Tim Eriksen, and Tim OíBrien ñ and recruited some big time musicians and songwriters ñ Sting, Elvis Costello, James Taylor, and Jack White (who makes his acting debut in the film). Krauss, Sting and White graced the stage and if you closed your eyes, you were transported 19th century North Carolina. Jack White is a true bluesman, and along with Krauss, was the standout of the night. The filmís stars ñ Nicole Kidman, Jude Law, Brendan Gleeson, and Kathy Baker ñ read selections from the novel as well as other sources of inspiration for Minghellaís adaptation (which include the Book of Job).
ìThe Words and Music of Cold Mountainî was taped for television broadcast. Stay tuned to The Tripwire for broadcast information.
ALISON KRAUSS (back up singer CHERYL WHITE)
PETER IRVINE (director) and the SACRED HARP SINGERS