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Ross McElwee (writer)
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Release Date:
28 April 2004 (France) See more »
Plot:
North Carolina produces more tobacco than any other state in America. Bright Leaves describes a journey taken across the social... See more » | Add synopsis »
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1 win & 5 nominations See more »
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Tobacco poetry See more (14 total) »

Cast

 
Allan Gurganus ... Himself
Paula Larke ... Herself
Marilyn Levine ... Herself
Emily Madison ... Herself

Adrian McElwee ... Himself
Ross McElwee ... Himself
Tom McElwee ... Himself

Patricia Neal ... Herself
Vlada Petric ... Himself
Charleen Swansea ... Herself

Directed by
Ross McElwee 
 
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Ross McElwee  writer

Produced by
Ross McElwee .... producer
Linda Morgenstern .... associate producer
 
Cinematography by
Ross McElwee 
 
Film Editing by
Ross McElwee 
Mark Meatto  (as Mark Meato)
 
Production Management
Stan Sztaba .... post-production supervisor
 
Sound Department
Rick Beck .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Adrian McElwee .... additional camera operator
 
Editorial Department
Brad Fuller .... post-production consultant
Stan Sztaba .... negative matcher
 
Other crew
Pacho Velez .... production assistant
 
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Renata Jackson .... thanks
 

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107 min
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Ross McElwee:As time goes by, my father is beginning to seem less and less real to me in these images. Almost a fictional character. I want so much to reverse this shift, the way in which the reality of him is slipping away. Having this footage doesn't help very much - or, at least, not as much as I thought it would.See more »
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References The Fountainhead (1949)See more »

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5 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Tobacco poetry, 2 November 2003
Author: holly500

While it is still a personal documentary from McElwee, the master of the form, "Bright Leaves" is a film that speaks far beyond the personal. As McElwee films across the south, it seems everyone-- smoker or nonsmoker-- has a relationship with tobacco. The most amazing thing about the film is the filmmaker's even handedness and understanding for the pull that cigarette smoking has on his subjects, even though the filmmaker himself has never had a tobacco habit to peak of. Given Michael Moore's work and other popular documentaries of the day, the expectation is that "Bright Leaves" would have a stern and condemning view of the tobacco industry. On the contrary, he gives humorous insight on the age-old habit. McElwee's writing, as found in his narration, is incredibly poetic as it rolls along the blue hills of North Carolina. Even weeks later, I think of that last sequence of shots, the tanker of tobacco heading off to far lands, the shots of his son, and understand why I myself, like so many, have this attraction to smoking, or what McElwee calls the urge to give pause to time, and likens to his own filmmaking and photography.

The most how genius moment features Vlada Petric, and McElwee's long standing side character, Charlene, is still a gift. The film really does stick with you for a long, long time, and deserves lots of exposure and great distribution.

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