Director: Errol Morris

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Film:The Fog of War

The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara

Errol Morris

The Fog of War, the movie that finally won Errol Morris the best documentary Oscar, is a spellbinder. Morris interviews Robert McNamara, Secretary of Defense in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, and finds a uniquely unsettling viewpoint on much of 20th-century American history. Employing a ton of archival material, including LBJ’s fascinating taped conversations from the Oval Office, Morris probes the reasons behind the U.S. commitment to the Vietnam War—and finds a depressingly inconsistent policy. McNamara himself emerges as—well, not exactly…

Film:The Thin Blue Line

The Thin Blue Line

Errol Morris

This landmark award-winning documentary, which revolutionized the form and helped acquit an innocent man of murder, came about almost by accident. Errol Morris had already directed such offbeat documentaries as Gates of Heaven (concerning pet cemeteries; a favorite of Roger Ebert’s) and Vernon, Florida, which touchingly portrays the small town’s eccentric inhabitants. He’d intended to travel to Texas to make a film about the criminal-psychiatry expert James Grigson, or “Dr. Death” as he came to be known for his frequent testimony against defendants,…

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