A 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 2004 


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