Known as a cerebral policymaker with a fixation for statistical analysis, mcnamara was recruited to run the pentagon by kennedy in 1961 he was in 2003 he was the subject of an oscar-winning documentary entitled the fog of war: eleven lessons from the life of robert s mcnamara it was based on. The fog of war is a 2003 war documentary about the life of the vietnam war secretary of defence, robert s mcnamara and includes his eleven lessons of war. Whether mcnamara's candor was a self-serving attempt to clear his conscience or a brave, humble effort to share crucial and still-relevant lessons of war in the face of inevitable criticism, morris's documentary is among the most significant documents of the 20th century it's the result of the rare confluence between a person. In a particularly inspired use of archival footage during errol morris' masterful documentary the fog of war, the devastating firebombs rained down on subtitled eleven lessons from the life of robert s mcnamara, the fog of war neither damns nor exonerates its subject, but instead allows him the. Robert mcnamara, fog of war the name robert mcnamara often conjures up a variety of unappealing images: war hawk, technocrat, or the ibm machine with legs director errol morris's academy award winning documentary, the fog of war: eleven lessons from the life of robert s mcnamara (2003),.
The fog of war is a film about the life and times of robert s mcnamara, the former secretary of defense under the kennedy and johnson administrations the piece is a mix between historical footage and an interview with robert mcnamara by the director, errol morris while allowing mcnamara to tell the story from his. Amazoncom: the fog of war: eleven lessons from the life of robert s mcnamara [pal - region 2]: robert mcnamara, john f kennedy, fidel castro, richard nixon, barry goldwater, lyndon johnson, nikita the fog of war, the movie that finally won errol morris the best documentary oscar, is a spellbinder. Stephen holden reviews errol morris's documentary the fog of war, about former us defense secretary robert mcnamara, which will be shown at new york subtitled ''eleven lessons of robert s mcnamara,'' ''the fog of war,'' which has the first of two new york film festival screenings this evening,.
The fog of war: eleven lessons from the life of robert s mcnamara is a 2003 american documentary film about the life and times of former us secretary of defense robert s mcnamara illustrating his observations of the nature of modern warfare the film was directed by errol morris and features an original score by. Audience reviews for the fog of war: eleven lessons from the life of robert s mcnamara ½ a mesmerizing, slightly offbeat documentary from the great errol morris (the thin blue line) concerning former secretary of defense robert s mcnamara and his experiences in both wwii and vietnam, and.
This public image, however, may not have been the whole story in the fascinating oscar-nominated documentary, the fog of war: eleven lessons from the life of robert s mcnamara, errol morris (the thin blue line, dr death) interviews the now 86-year old defense secretary in an effort to come to terms with what led to. The documentary begins with a young robert strange mcnamara, secretary of defense under john kennedy and lyndon johnson, prepare to lecture throughout the fog of war, the 86-year-old mcnamara talks about his life and career, a series of conversations with morris edited into a seeming whole,. Filmmaker errol morris knows something about black holes and quagmires his 2003 oscar-winning documentary, the fog of war: eleven lessons from the life of robert s mcnamara, examined the vietnam war through the regrets of a former us defense secretary, and standard operating.
Berkeley – near the end of fog of war, errol morris's documentary about robert mcnamara's examination of his role in the wars of the 20th century the subtitle of the fog of war is eleven lessons from the life of robert mcnamara, and the film is punctuated with short statements that morris drew. Although many americans hold contempt towards this man, perhaps his greatest display of leadership was admitting his mistakes and asking the american people to forgive him throughout his memoir and in the film documentary, the fog of war: eleven lessons from the life of robert s mcnamara (2003), mr secretary. Documentarian errol morris (mr death, the thin blue line) engages a sharp and lively eighty-five year old robert mcnamara, the secretary of defense during the cuban missile crisis and vietnam war, to explain history with hindsight in his fascinating the fog of war: eleven lessons from the life of robert strange.
The fog of war: eleven lessons from the life of robert s mcnamara (2003) robert mcnamara, from working as a wwii military officer, to being the ford motor company's president, to managing errol morris also made a very similar documentary about donald rumsfeld, titled the unknown known. The fog of war: eleven lessons from the life of robert s mcnamara is, on the surface, the worst kind of documentary — a talking-heads feature ( refreshingly, the questions morris poses aren't so much morality-based, which leaves viewers with the power to make that assessment for themselves. This is fog of war eleven lessons from the life of robert s mcnamara by dctv on vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.
But hearing morris talk about his own career — which launched with the pet cemetery-centered gates of heaven in 1978 and includes acclaimed films like 1988's the thin blue line and 2003's the fog of war: eleven lessons from the life of robert s mcnamara — it's abundantly clear that he has. His thoughts are organized as 11 lessons from the life of robert mcnamara, as extrapolated by morris, and one wonders how the current planners of the war in iraq would respond to lessons no 1 and 2 (empathize with your enemy and rationality will not save us), or for that matter no 6 (get the. Errol morris' new documentary, 'the fog of war,' gets lost in the mist of memory cast by vietnam war architect robert mcnamara by geoffrey that is heavy baggage for any film to carry, and the fog of war, subtitled eleven lessons from the life of robert s mcnamara, is burdened by that inescapable historical gravity. This symposium responds to errol morris=s documentary film the fog of war about the life of robert s mcnamara and eleven lessons for american foreign policy mr mcnamara, a member of the harvard objectives, perceptions, and negotiating positions to an added assessment of personality that (as (hamburg 2002).