Having the subject rattle on in their own ego-laden, self-incriminating monologue is sometimes the most revealing intelligence one could ever gather. That’s what filmmaker, Errol Morris apparently does best. His latest documentary titled The Fog of War investigates the life of Robert McNamara, the former Secretary of Defense and Vietnam war showrunner, and gives an interesting perspective to this key player of twentieth century history. Instead of badgering him with questions or trying to trap or discredit him, Morris merely sits back and lets McNamara reveal suprising truths quite readily.
Like the Apple switch ads he directed (along with a laundry list of other notable commercial work), Morris exhibits a natural talent for allowing empirical evidence to rise to the surface in the most unassuming way.
No soapbox. No pulpit. No disrespect. Just straightforward and compelling truth.
- Fresh Air interview with Errol Morris (Real Audio)
- The Fog of War: Apple Quicktime Trailer
- War! What Is It Good For? Errol Morris Finds Out With “Fog of War”
- Fog of War: Rotten Tomatoes
- Why it makes sense to beat a dead horse (errolmorris.com)