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Sherman's March
     

Sherman's March

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Director: Ross McElwee, Charleen Swansea

Cast: Ross McElwee, Charleen Swansea

 
A hilarious study in the endless quest for romance set against the unlikely backdrop of General William Tecumseh Sherman's tragic Civil War march, director Ross McElwee's arrives on DVD courtesy of First Run Features. Presented in 1.33:1 full-frame, the transfer is clean and relatively free of debris. Though it does show the occasional sign of age, the colors are even

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A hilarious study in the endless quest for romance set against the unlikely backdrop of General William Tecumseh Sherman's tragic Civil War march, director Ross McElwee's arrives on DVD courtesy of First Run Features. Presented in 1.33:1 full-frame, the transfer is clean and relatively free of debris. Though it does show the occasional sign of age, the colors are even and well-balanced, and there is little evidence of artifacting or edge enhancement. The English Dolby Digital Soundtrack is free of distortion or hiss -- providing an excellent medium for the dialogue-based feature. Extra features include a poignant interview with director McElwee in which he discusses the origins of the film as well as a short history of his filmmaking career, a short biography for McElwee, a photo gallery, and, true to the original concept for the film, personal letters from General Sherman.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Tom Wiener
The success of any autobiographical film lies in the ability of the filmmaker to ingratiate himself with the viewer, and to provide a reason beyond the filmmaker's nose why we should care about his or her problems. The premise of Sherman's March doesn't seem promising. Ross McElwee is a self-described loser at love who, instead of making a potentially provocative film about a historical event that shaped a region, sets out to look up old girlfriends or make a few new ones. But McElwee possesses an abundance of the self-deprecating charm that made the early films of Woody Allen so popular. McElwee might be seen as a transition figure from Allen to the self-obsessed comedy of Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David. The difference between those native New Yorkers and McElwee, a Southerner transplanted to New York, is that McElwee looks outside himself to discover the wonderful world of Southern women, whom this film makes clear are a breed apart. Sassy, demure, paranoid, confident, catty, generous, and imperious are a starter kit to describe the females McElwee encounters on his own march through his homeland. He can't figure them out, but it's a joy to watch him try. Few filmmakers inspired by Sherman's March to turn cameras on themselves have understood that without that extra dimension, many personal documentaries wind up as so much navel-gazing.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/06/2004
UPC:
0720229910972
Original Release:
1986
Rating:
NR
Source:
First Run Features
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
2:35:00
Sales rank:
44,589

Special Features

Interview with Ross McElwee; Selections from other McElwee films; General Sherman's personal letters; Photo gallery; Biographies; Chapters

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. The March Begins [2:45]
2. Finding a Nice Southern Girl [9:24]
3. Pat Demonstrates Cellulite Excercises [11:48]
4. Audition in Atlanta [8:57]
5. Alone in Atlanta [10:46]
6. Palm Sunday [4:23]
7. Survivalists in the Mountains [6:39]
8. Confessions of a Faux-Confederate [6:25]
9. Linguistics and Sex [3:02]
10. The Blood-Sucking Cone Noses [10:29]
11. Protesting Plutonium [8:38]
12. This Is Not Art. This Is Life! [:00]
13. The Cradle of Southern Womanhood [13:48]
14. An Ardent Groupie [8:15]
15. One More Person to See [14:18]
16. Dreams of Apocalypse [11:25]
17. A Nemesis in Town [10:40]
18. Back Up North [6:00]
19. End Credits [5:28]

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