Sherman's March (1986)
This is first-person filmmaking at its finest. Documentarian McElwee is given a grant to produce a film about General Sherman's march of destruction through the South during the Civil War (where McElwee is from) and study the way this march was still affecting Southerners today. However, McElwee becomes sidetracked by his futile search for a wife. He begins to film the women he meets and suddenly begins to draw comparisons between General Sherman and his own disastrous march through the South. The documentary is a fascinating introspective meditation upon love, happiness, the fear of nuclear holocaust, and the meaning of life. Warning: this film is a bit lengthy for a documentary.
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Lesson Plans that use this Film
The Four Modes of Documentary Film - Alyssa Rock
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