142 Great Directors: Errol Morris

“If everything was planned, it would be dreadful. If everything was unplanned, it would be equally dreadful. Cinema exists because there are elements of both in everything. There are elements of both in documentary. There are elements of both in feature filmmaking. It’s what makes, I think, photography and filmmaking of interest. Despite all of our efforts to control something, the world is much, much more powerful than us, and more deranged even than us.”

What Got This Director Here?
: Thin Blue Line mostly.

My Favorite Past Experience Was…: Gates of Heaven.

What Did I Watch: The Fog of War.

Where Does He Fit: Fog of War is proof that Errol Morris needs to stick with the small and intimate, and in doing so blows the lid off big ideas, rather than tackling big ideas of war with Robert McNamara. Yes, nuclear annihilation is terrifying and we could learn a lot from this individual, but I am not sure a political recapping was quite the best way. The style’s unimpeachable, though, with Phillip Glass and the stock footage being perfectly chosen to accentuate the insanity of everything that has gone on throughout history, and which was done under those who could be considered rational. Imagine it all today.


Most Valuable Asset: Interrotron.
Most Excited For: Uh, Tabloid? I’ve seen a lot at this point.
Did They Deserve a Spot?: Yes.

Coming Up Next: Elem Klimov, who directed one major work…but it’s supposedly a real terror.


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