Down from the Mountain (2001)
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Critic Reviews for Down from the Mountain
A film that's lovely to hear, though not much to look at.
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.
Audience Reviews for Down from the Mountain
A very enjoyable concert film and a must see for any fan of O Brother, Where Art Thou?.
The good: Absolutely beautiful, spine-tingling music, better than the studio soundtrack. Intimate close-ups with the musicians before the show. The bad: Two of the concert tracks were interrupted to cut to backstage. Bad move. And, inexplicably, the foot-stompin' classic, "Man of Constant Sorrow" is curiously absent from the performance. Overall, I almost gave this more than 4 stars. Anything that makes my spine tingle that much in the course of an hour usually deserves it. I was left wanting just a little bit more, though. The quality is somewhere between breathtaking concert and DVD featurette.
Thoroughly enjoyable, well produced. Amazing lineup. Perhaps even better than the soundtrack. Love the behind-the-scenes bits...especially Emmy Lou keeping tab on the baseball scores....and Gillian Welch needing to get dressed up. Shows the agelessness of American roots music. A must-see for every Americana music fan.
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