The Fog of War

first_imgA rare gem of a film doing the tour of select cinemas across the country at the moment is Errol Morris’ The Fog of War. If you are heading home for the bank holiday weekend it may be worth a watch. Furthering the current trend for hard edged documentaries, the film centres around a lengthy interview with Robert S. McNamara, the American Secretary of State during the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Vietnam War. As one of the leading advocates of the war that caused the deaths of nearly 50,000 Americans and two million North Vietnamese, he now admits that had they lost the war he would have been tried as a war criminal. Morris’ grilling is suitably intense but McNamara remains as crafty as ever and the continued battle makes fantastic viewing. Set for almost certain Oscar-glory, the film defines Morris as one of the great modern film-makers and illuminates the man behind some of the most notorious of American twentieth century actions.ARCHIVE: 0th week TT 2004last_img read more