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Sherman's March (1985)

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Ross McElwee sets out to make a documentary about the lingering effects of General Sherman's march of destruction through the South during the Civil War, but is continually sidetracked by ... See full summary »

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Ross McElwee ...
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Dede McElwee ...
Herself
Ross McElwee Jr. ...
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Patricia Rendleman ...
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Ann McElwee ...
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Mary ...
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Lee ...
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Tom McElwee ...
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Claudia ...
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Ashley ...
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Phillip ...
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Herb ...
Himself - Survivalist
Bill ...
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Wini Wood ...
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Michael ...
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Ross McElwee sets out to make a documentary about the lingering effects of General Sherman's march of destruction through the South during the Civil War, but is continually sidetracked by women who come and go in his life, his recurring dreams of nuclear holocaust, and Burt Reynolds. Written by Brett Coon <brett@rahul.net>

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4 February 1988 (Australia)  »

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Sherman's March: A Meditation on the Possibility of Romantic Love in the South During an Era of Nuclear Weapons Proliferation  »

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[commenting on graffiti]
Charleen: This is the way women want to hear men talk to them. Now, you see, Becky knows how to talk. "I love you and I can't help it and I don't care who knows it." What is she saying? "I give you my life and heart." This is the way I want you to talk to Dede. This is what... This is the language women can understand. That's what they believe. They experience it in their own lives.
Ross McElwee: Well, not all women, I mean...
Charleen: Well, the only women I know believe that. That's the only way I can....
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Symphony No. 9
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Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
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An interesting experiment, but a test in patience.
22 April 1999 | by (cambridge) – See all my reviews

Sherman's March is three hours of footage from a broken man's life. Ross McElwee takes us on a journey to make a documentary on Sherman's March, but ends up showing us a sequence of extensive real life footage from his subsequent crisis in love. The picture feels like a home movie. Experiencing so much of the director's personal life is an unusual experience and takes the motion picture somewhere it doesn't often go. However, the movie is long and I feel it should have been further edited for the public. it is a bit egocentric to expect people to spend so much time watching some random guy's life.


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