Bright Leaves

2004, Movie, NR, 107 mins

Native South Carolinian filmmaker Ross McElwee is best known for SHERMAN'S MARCH (1986), a nearly three-hour rumination on love and loss that simultaneously retraces the filmmaker's failed romances and Major General William T. Sherman's scorched-earth trek across the Confederacy. Fifteen years later, McElwee, who now makes his home in Boston, is lured back south by a piece of Hollywood fiction: BRIGHT LEAVES, a 1946 Gary Cooper-Patricia Neal vehicle directed by Michael Curtiz that McElwee's cousin thinks might be based on the story of their great-grandfather, John H. McElwee. Like his rival, James Buchanan Duke, old man McElwee was a penniless Civil War veteran who m...
Released: 2004 Rated: NR Length: 107 mins

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