Tag: Errol Morris

  • There’s Nothing Funny About Turning Women Into a Punchline

    Earlier this month, yet another story surfaced of a famous man abusing his power. In the Hollywood Reporter, actress Kathryn Rossetter described serial sexual harassment behind the scenes of a 1983 Broadway revival of Death of a Salesman, at the hands of her co-star, Dustin Hoffman. At parties after the performances, she writes, when posing […]

  • The Unknown Known: Errol Morris Can’t Penetrate the Man Behind Iraq

    As its subtitle suggests, one reason Errol Morris’s 2003 documentary The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara proved so resonant is that its subject was partly a proxy for his most notorious professional successor, the decidedly less available Donald Rumsfeld. “I don’t do quagmires,” Rumsfeld said in a news […]

  • Point for Rumsfeld: Errol Morris Tells Us He’s Tired of Interviewing People

    “I’ve interviewed a lot of nasty characters over the years,” says a cheerful Errol Morris over lunch on a bright Los Angeles day. “I’m a connoisseur of bullshit.” He’s sampled some of the finest: Holocaust deniers, murderers swearing their innocence, a beauty queen who claims she only kidnapped and raped that Mormon missionary because they […]

  • Far Out Isn’t Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story Gleams with an Advertorial Slickness

    A good talker can be a mixed blessing for the documentary biographer. Tabloid‘s Joyce McKinney, for instance, the beauty queen alleged to have abducted and raped a Mormon missionary in the 1970s, proved hypnotically chatty. Every nutty tangent and girlish inflection, as presented by Errol Morris, contributed to a portrait as strange and magnetic as […]

  • The Imposter

    This deft, atmospheric Errol Morris–style tour through the phenomenon that is “serial imposter” Frédéric Bourdin homes in on one brief episode from the man’s berserk career: the period in 1997 when the 23-year-old Frenchman convinced a Texas family he was their disappeared teenage son. This is already well-trod territory, hashed over in a 2008 New […]

  • How to Start a Revolution

    Soft-spoken Harvard poli-sci professor Gene Sharp is an unlikely mentor for the architects of the Arab Spring. But as first-time documentarian Ruaridh Arrow reveals and ultimately belabors, Sharp’s 1993 handbook From Dictatorship to Democracy helped influence the resistance movements in Egypt and Syria and before that in Serbia, the Ukraine, Georgia, and beyond. Arrow is […]

  • Scandal and Subjective Reality in Errol Morris’s Tabloid

    As a documentarian, Errol Morris is less a humanist than a connoisseur of “human interest,” and Tabloid, his ecstatically received and queasily entertaining new movie, is not so much a return to form as a reminder of his ongoing fascination with the freak-show fringe of American life. Dealing with Holocaust denial, the Vietnam War, and […]

  • The Thin Blue Line

    Dir. Errol Morris (1988). The most haunting of Errol Morris’s epistemological documentaries solved a murder and helped free an innocent man—but that off-screen happy ending scarcely dispels the movie’s awe-inspiring sense of fatality. Sat., July 16, 5 p.m.; Sun., July 17, 5 p.m., 2011

  • Fast, Cheap, & Out of Control

    Dir. Errol Morris (1997). Or, Errol Morris presents The Meaning of Life. The documentarian-epistemologist intercuts interviews with a topiary gardener, a robot scientist, a lion tamer, and a guy possessed of a monumental mole-rat jones. It’s a meta-meditation, at once expressionistic and melancholy, on the Fate of the Earth.  Tue., Feb. 15, 8 p.m., 2011

  • So Much More Than Just the Facts in DOC NYC

    New York plays host to dozens of film festivals great and small, so it’s hard to make room—psychic or practical—for yet another. And considering a climate of prolonged recession that has led other festivals to shut down, scale back, or rethink their mission in a movie culture that’s deathly afraid of risk and desperately grasping […]