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Sherman's March (1985)

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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ross McElwee Ross McElwee ... Himself
Dede McElwee Dede McElwee ... Herself
Ross McElwee Jr. Ross McElwee Jr. ... Himself
Patricia Rendleman Patricia Rendleman ... Herself
Ann McElwee Ann McElwee ... Herself
Mary Mary ... Herself
Lee Lee ... Herself - Pat's Friend
Tom McElwee Tom McElwee ... Himself
Claudia Claudia ... Herself
Ashley Ashley ... Herself - Claudia's Daughter
Phillip Phillip ... Himself - Mechanic's Son
Herb Herb ... Himself - Survivalist
Bill Bill ... Himself - Survivalist
Wini Wood Wini Wood ... Herself
Michael Michael ... Himself - Geologist
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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) See more »

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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 See more »

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Adrian, Georgia, USA See more »

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Historical Narration: In 1864, during the American Civil War, Union General William T. Sherman began his famous March to the Sea. With an army of 60,000 men, he swept into the South destroying Atlanta, Georgia; Columbia, South Carolina; and dozens of small towns. His troops plundered homes, destroyed livestock, burned buildings and left a path of destruction 60 miles wide and 700 miles long, before finally forcing a Confederate surrender in North Carolina. Sherman's campaign marked the first time in ...
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My brief review of the film
6 November 2005 | by sol-See all my reviews

An interesting documentary, it combines historical fact and autobiography together to produce a rather unique experience. It follows Ross McElwee around while he is trying to collect footage that can be edited into a documentary on General Sherman. For the first hour or so, the premise stays fresh and original, with highly effective narration and interesting characters that are real. Ross McElwee and his team of post-production editors would needed to have edited down from hours and hours of footage, however the final running time of two and a half hours is still too lengthy. Some of the kept footage seems to serve no purpose either. It is innovative, original and reflects something very true about all documentaries: that they are ultimately subjective, showing what the filmmaker believes and feels. McElwee compares his journey in the film to Sherman's actual march, which is a fascinating example of this type of subjective expression. Like all forms of art, documentaries are able to express something about the artist. The artist in this case, however, just does not quite know how to trim down what exactly he wants to say, but what he does say is interesting nonetheless, and you do learn something about General Sherman too.


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