Interesting. I recently saw this film on PBS. I've never seen the history of tobacco from that perspective, or to be more accurate, the history of America.
I found myself wondering though, why he found the need to interview Patricia Neal. I didn't understand what he thought she could tell him, out side of her own experience in 1950's Bright Leaf.
I suppose It had to do with the futility of tring to capture moments of loved ones on film. As if it could preserve them somehow. He later mentioned how looking at the home videos of his father didn't bring him much solice now that he's past on.
Fascinating film. Eventhough the old movie and book it was based on had little if any connection to McElwee's great-grandfather.