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The Fog of War [DVD] [2004] [Multilingual] [Region 1]

  • PG-13
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Documentarian Errol Morris directs THE FOG OF WAR, a captivating look at Robert S. McNamara, who served as the Secretary of Defense during the Vietnam War and the Cuban Missile Crisis. The movie does not exclusively focus on this part of McNamara's career, however, and instead gives a broad overview of the man he was, his multitude of roles--a Harvard Business School graduate, a Colonel in the Air Force during WWII, president of Ford Motor Company--and his opinions on a variety of historical topics. Inspired by two books written by McNamara--IN RETROSPECT (1995) and WILSON'S GHOST (2001)--Morris gives McNamara a forum to talk about the decisions he made and the influence he had during his career. At the age of 85, McNamara has gained necessary perspective to do just that. Sharp as a tack, loaded with charisma, and generally fascinating, McNamara easily carries the film with his revealing interviews. Meanwhile, Morris's use of archival footage--along with maps and other effective visual aids--add context to McNamara's commentary, and Philip Glass's ominous, pulsing score gives the film's important subject matter the gravity it deserves.

    Academy Awards Best Documentary Feature 2003

  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 01916

  • Critic Reviews
    "...The vivid formal touches that infuse FAST, CHEAP & OUT OF CONTROL are [here]..."
    Film Comment

    "...It will knock you for a loop like no other movie this year..."
    Rolling Stone

    "...A stunning portrait of Robert S. McNamara....His answers to questions about war and peace build, via Morris' compositional artistry, to an exquisite peak of ambiguity and remorse..."
    Entertainment Weekly

    "[A] sober, beautifully edited documentary portrait of the former United States defense secretary Robert S. McNamara."
    New York Times

    "Never one to shy away from challenges, Morris has come up with one of the best documentaries of this or any year."
    Los Angeles Times

    "[With] fly-on-the-wall recollections by a subject who can bring history alive..."
    USA Today

    "THE FOG OF WAR is handsomely assembled..."
    Sight and Sound

    "[T]he old Cold Warrior seizes what may prove to be his last chance to make peace with history. Riveting."

    "McNamara] spoke straight to the camera at the age of 85 in Errol Morris's haunting, troubling documentary."
    Wall Street Journal

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