Down from the Mountain (2001)
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For their film O Brother, Where Art Thou?, set in the American South during the 1930s, filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen collaborated with musician, songwriter, and producer T-Bone Burnett to compile a score that reflected the rich variety of musical influences of the rural South during the Depression. Burnett brought together a veritable who's who of American roots music for the project, and while the film was a moderate success, the soundtrack album to O Brother, Where Art Thou? was a surprise
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The music is grand, the performances are direct and Down From the Mountain is unpretentious in its presentation of both.
In her performances and asides to the documentarians, it is Welch who best articulates why this music is so moving.
Like the old-timey music that inspired it, Down From the Mountain is sweet, serene and utterly unconcerned with polish.
A tender tribute to Hartford's spirit, and to the enduring value of the plaintive and celebratory music that emerged from this country's farm fields and front porches and backwoods churches.
The whole experience is wonderful -- and this is a film to own on videotape, since you'll probably want to play these songs again and again.
A beautifully done record of a very unusual event - and one that inadvertently serves as a testament to John Hartford, making it a very special document of musical history.
Now if you're looking for an in-depth study of the music, look elsewhere. This movie is strictly about the one event [a benefit concert (for the Country Music Hall of Fame 2001)].
Has the ease of a casual get-together by musicians who enjoy jamming with each other and who give us the privilege to sit there and listen and watch.
Hardly a groundbreaking concert movie, but it's a creditably agreeable one.
It's impossible to deny the unalloyed joy that the film gives the spectator.
John Hartford is the uncle you wish to God you had had as a kid. And he can play that fiddle, too.
Pennebaker must have realized that the songs -- the spiritual sounds of the deprived and underprivileged -- were the story, so he let the music do most of the talking. A wise move on his part.
One of the rare concert films that successfully erases the distance between viewing audience and onscreen performers.
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