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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 »
Awards:
1 win & 5 nominations See more »
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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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Miss Tobacco:[on being asked about the tobacco industry] It brings a lotta jobs and a lotta revenue, but... it has its health hazards and... everybody's gonna die of something, so...
[giggles]
Ross McElwee:May as well be tobacco?
Miss Tobacco:Might as well die of something that's gonna help out the... the... *what's* the word? Here, I'm thinkin'...
Ross McElwee:Economy?
Miss Tobacco:[beams] *There* ya go. There ya go. Havin' a tough mornin'...
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References The Fountainhead (1949)See more »

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
It's kinesthetic, 17 September 2006
Author: Camera Obscura from The Dutch Mountains

I loved McElwee's unique documentary odyssey SHERMAN'S MARCH (1986), so I was curious about his other work. This time he follows the trail of his great-grandfather, who was in the tobacco business. McElwee's family legend has it that the Hollywood melodrama BRIGHT LEAF(1950) by Michael Curtiz, starring Gary Cooper as a 19th century tobacco grower is based on filmmaker Ross McElwee's great-grandfather, who created the Bull Durham brand. Using this legacy as a jumping off point, McElwee reaches back to his roots in this wry, witty rumination on the history of American tobacco and the myth of cinema.

Easily the funniest moment in the film is when noted (and dreaded) film theorist, and historian Vladar Petric, assaults the poor McElwee, while he's being driven round the block in a wheelchair. Long live the dreaded Vladar Petric!

Not a complete success; sometimes McElwee's odyssey becomes dreary when he tracks down some his father's patients, who was a doctor and treated many tobacco-related illnesses. His reflections on family and the relationship with his son are somewhat self-indulgent at times, but definitely has its moments with an honest look at The South, Hollywood and his family's relation with tobacco.

Camera Obscura --- 7/10

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