my current favorite is "heaven's gate" by michael cimino. there's a scene in the film with a fiddle player - no mandolin, alas - on roller skates which is wonderful and evocative.
Well, that's an interesting question - how many "OT films" would you name offhand?
There was a film festival here in Nashville last weekend, and I saw a great new film called "Sweet Land", set mostly in Minnesota in ~1920, about a young German "mail-order" bride who marries a Norweigan farmer. Throughout the film I kept thinking how wonderful the music score was, with some recordings of old songs, and some very cool orginal old-timey music . Most of the music (guitar, mando, violin, strings, etc) was played by one guy, whose name I can't remember now. It reminded me of some of Peter Ostroushko's "Heartland" stuff. The film got great reviews where it has been shown, and I hope it gets released so more people have a chance to see it.
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OBWAT and I'll say Cold Mountain because it led me to Songs From the Mountain by Dirk Powel, Tim O'Brien, and John Hermann. I hope more folks will chime in as I would like to see more movies with OT music so I can explore new soundtracks.
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I favorite is also the winner of the "Worst Film, Best Old-Time Music" Award. The Long Riders. Ry Cooder, David Lindley et al on the coolest soundtrack. The movie leaves much to be desired, but there is an amazing scene in a post-Civil War bar where a small string band is playing the Union version of "Ralley 'Round the Flag", and a James/Younger Gang member threatens them into segueing into "I Am a Good Old Rebel". It is priceless and mirrors many less dramatic bar incidents in many of our lives I'm sure. The Soundtrack CD is wonderful.
Southern Comfort has some good Cajun music scenes, if you count that (plus some atmospheric Cooder slide guitar).
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Sounds like my ancestors. I grew up in Minnesota and my grandparents were norwegian and german.Originally Posted by (acousticphd @ May 02 2006, 20:30)
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I can tell you my least favorite: "Deliverance" While it is actually a great movie, it paints a picture of old-time music players that we are still trying to live down!
Ken Burns documentaries. The soundtracks are sure to please!
Sounder is great...seeing Taj Mahal come over that hill playing his National with a bunch of kids dancing around him warms my heart.
O Brother, Where You At!
Another surprisingly good one is Bound for Glory...Carradine does some really nice pickin and singin of Woody's tunes.
King of the Gypsies (1978)
An American boy is born to lead his people. Film gives a fascinating insight into gypsy culture and traditions. Hayden is hilariously miscast as the King of the Gypsies.
Starring: Sterling Hayden, Shelley Winters, Susan Sarandon, Judd Hirsch, Eric Roberts Directed by: Frank Pierson Produced by: Federico De Laurentiis
Music by David Grisman & Stephane Grappelli - no soundtrack to this one - Grisman & Grappelli both appear in the film performing.
Cabin Fever String Band, National Pike Pickers
The Last Waltz offer a great musical treat.
I would say the Song Catcher and Cold Mountain but if you want to go back real far all the Roy Rogers movies, Boys of the Southwest I think that was the Rodgers group? ,Gean Audtry, hope I spelled that right? brings back memories when I was a little boy in the 50,s great music.
Times Ain't What they Used to Be. You can get it from Yazoo records.
Tommy Jarrell in "Sprout Wings and Fly" makes my hair stand on end. Genius and soul. Doug in Vermont
Here's a GOOD one (though not as good as the book):
The Education of Little Tree
Don't believe there's mando, but a couple of really good fiddle tunes in it that Pine Billy played (character in the book). Good version of Man of Constant Sorrow done before OBWAT was made. Similar to Hartford's version, but different key.
"Will Ye Go, Lassie, Go" was sung in it a bunch, too. Cool old Scots tune.
I'd recommend reading this book, then seeing the flick, but at least do one of the two.
...I wonder how the old folks are at home...
Cotton Patch Gospel and Smoke on the Mountain are plays with lots of wonderful old-time elements in them.