50 Documentaries to See Before You Die

Sherman's March (1986)

Director: Ross McElwee

All Ross McElwee wanted to do was make a documentary General William Tecumseh Sherman's brutal March to the Sea during the American Civil War. Everything was going fine until his romantic relationship ended, turning the film into something else entirely. McElwee's movie paradoxically became more personal, focusing on his hang-ups about love and women, but in doing so became universal, a meditation on the religion, the Cold War, and destruction.

A wild, beautiful mess, Sherman's March has to be seen to be understood. —RS

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