Bright Leaves (2004)



Critic Consensus: A rich, eccentric documentary about both filmmaking and the tobacco industry.

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American filmmaker Ross McElwee travels to his home state of North Carolina for the humorous documentary Bright Leaves. In his trademarked rambling style, McElwee lightly questions his family's role in the tobacco industry. Following the Civil War, his great-grandfather John McElwee had a hand in creating the tobacco company Bull Durham, but lost his fortune to business partner Washington Duke in a lawsuit. In order to find out if his grandfather inspired Gary Cooper's character in the 1950 film … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
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Written By: Ross McElwee
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On DVD: Jun 21, 2005
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All Critics (63) | Top Critics (28)

Bright Leaves is not the kind of film that would use in its anti-smoking campaign.

Full Review… | April 28, 2005
Dallas Morning News
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A gently provocative film diary about tobacco and its mixed legacy.

February 11, 2005
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Bright Leaves is a beguiling film. Watching it is like spending time with an old, somewhat chatty but endearing friend.

Full Review… | December 3, 2004
Chicago Tribune
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McElwee's best film since Sherman's March.

Full Review… | December 3, 2004
Chicago Reader
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It's a meandering visit by a curious man with a quiet sense of humor.

Full Review… | December 3, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
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McElwee's autobiographical films ... are leisurely jaunts with a gentle humor that never mocks his subjects.

Full Review… | December 2, 2004
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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