The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara (2003)
Director: Errol Morris
The Fog of War focuses on former Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara without making him into a sinner or a saint. Morris collected 20 hours of interview footage from his “Interrotron,” which forces almost direct-eye contact between 85-year-old McNamara and the audience. Through historical footage, phone conversations, and charts Morris follows McNamara from childhood to adulthood, paying special attention to his involvement in the Vietnam War, among other conflicts.
In the end McNamara takes responsibility for his choices, implying that everyone makes mistakes. (Questions of scale are pertinent, of course.) He shows us that the fog isn't limited to war, and carries into life itself. —Debbie Encalada