Sherman's March (1986)
Average Rating: 8.6/10
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Release Date: Sep 5, 1986 Limited
Average Rating: 4/5
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A disarmingly engaging personal documentary, Sherman's March is a portrait of a man in personal crisis that is also an often hilarious ode to Southern women. Filmmaker Ross McElwee states in the film's opening shots that, as a native Southerner, he had always been fascinated with the psychological effect that Union General William Tecumseh Sherman has had on the region. To that end, he intended to make a film that would retrace the route of the general's famous march that brought so much
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An utterly charming docu, McElwee's personal essay-travelogue parallels and inverses General Sherman's march during the Civil war, centering on lost loves and new ones, shrewdly using the camera as a weapon and romantic device.
Unlike Sherman and his reviled scorched earth mode of warfare, McElwee's chasse romantique is ultimately less effectual and usually ends in a nervous, frustrated goodbye.
earns him a place as one of America's most unique, and treasured, documentary filmmakers.
Sherman's March is an extraordinary documentary by Ross McElwee that mixes American history, a romantic quest, and the search for meaning in the early 1980s.
McElwee asks us to reconnect not only with each other but with our human spirit.
Piquant, hilarious social tapestry of the American South, warmly and creatively extrapolated from a filmmaker's romantic despair.
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