‘Mountain’s tough, tender preem

Civil War pic raises funds for MPTF

At Sunday’s National Theater “Cold Mountain” premiere, music supervisor T-Bone Burnett said the last cut he’d seen was 3½ hours. By its preem, pic was an hour shorter.

The longer version “was a lot more grim,” Burnett said. “Even more horrible things happened.”

Helmer Anthony Minghella said tightening the film “made it much harsher. The cruelty and the tenderness are much more closely linked.”

The preem’s after-party was at the St. Regis Hotel, where, perhaps in solidarity with the pic’s theme of Civil War deprivation, there was a notable lack of food. Fortunately, there was enough alcohol to fuel a celebration.

Among those at the event, which raised $225,000 for the Motion Picture & Television Fund, were Miramax’s Harvey Weinstein and Bob Osher; producer Ron Yerxa, Albert Berger, Sydney Pollack and William Hoberg.

Earlier in the day, Minghella tipped his hat to Weinstein for stepping up to the plate on his projects when other studios falter.

“What happens is I try to make a film with someone else, and Miramax always ends up making it,” he told the Egyptian Theater aud following the pic’s unspooling for the Variety Screening Series.

“I feel like a used car salesman. I’m always going around around with my broken projects trying to get someone to make them.”

Daily Variety Editor-in-Chief Peter Bart conducted the sesh.

(Diane Garrett contributed to this report.)

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