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Oscar-Winning Civil War Film Premieres at Smith Opera House

In conjunction with the Geneva Historical Society's Civil War encampment on the Rose Hill Mansion grounds this weekend, the Smith Opera House presents a special screening of the Academy Award-winning “Cold Mountain.”

Directed by Anthony Minghella (“The English Patient”), this epic Civil War saga addresses romance, friendship, and the ravages of war – both in the field and on the home front. Far more than a simple love story, Minghella's film captures the horrors of war for both those fighting it, and for those left behind. Based on the Charles Frazier novel, this is a tale of hope, longing, redemption, second chances, and faith.

Ada Monroe (Nicole Kidman) is a proper lady who accompanies her preacher father (Donald Sutherland) to Cold Mountain, North Carolina. She waits for her love, W.P. Inman (Jude Law)–a sensitive man with little use for many words–to return from war. In the process she learns basic survival skills and finds strength from no-nonsense Ruby (Best Supporting Actress winner Renée Zellweger), a spitfire who can work the land as well as any man. Meanwhile, wounded Inman has had enough of war and killing, and is slowly working his way back to Ada despite the perils of being a Confederate deserter. Law and Kidman are genuinely touching as two virtual strangers who invest all of their faith in each other, and Zellweger is astounding as the uncultured but compassionate Ruby. Rounding out the cast is an impressive array of actors, including Brendan Gleeson, Ray Winstone, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Natalie Portman, Jack White (of the White Stripes), Kathy Baker and Giovanni Ribisi.

The Smith and the Geneva Historical Society invite patrons to see Cold Mountain on August 5 or 6 and receive $1 off entrance to the Civil War Weekend at Rose Hill Mansion on the 7 or 8, hosted by Reynolds’ Battery L, 1st NY Light Artillery and featuring demonstrations of weapons and military life, and period music, dance and fashion. Or come to Rose Hill on the weekend and bring your stub to The Smith to receive $1 off the movie on Sunday, Monday or Tuesday. Additionally, on Thursday, local re-enactor and “Gods and Generals” extra Ave Bauder from Reynolds’ Battery will be in costume, available to answer questions, and will have a display set up in The Smith lobby.

The Smith Opera House screens “Cold Mountain” at 7 p.m. Aug. 5 and 6, at 2 p.m. Aug. 8 and at 7 p.m. Aug. 9 and 10. Rated R for violence and sexuality, this film has a running time of two hours, 25 minutes. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors. All seats on Thursday are $3 and all seats on Tuesday are $2. Call 315-781-5483 or toll-free 866-355-5483 for details or to order tickets.

The Smith Opera House is located at 82 Seneca Street in Geneva. The Smith is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, the City of Geneva, the Town of Geneva and by contributions from individual supporters.