Errol Morris: Interviews

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Errol Morris: Interviews is an irreverent and humorous collection of conversations with the acclaimed filmmaker. Morris has created some of America's most innovative, lasting cinematic works. Generations of filmmakers, scholars, cinephiles, and fans turn again and again to such films as The Thin Blue Line; Fast, Cheap and Out of Control; Academy Award-winner The Fog of War; and Standard Operating Procedure.

Throughout his career-which has included stints as a private eye, film ...

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Overview

Errol Morris: Interviews is an irreverent and humorous collection of conversations with the acclaimed filmmaker. Morris has created some of America's most innovative, lasting cinematic works. Generations of filmmakers, scholars, cinephiles, and fans turn again and again to such films as The Thin Blue Line; Fast, Cheap and Out of Control; Academy Award-winner The Fog of War; and Standard Operating Procedure.

Throughout his career-which has included stints as a private eye, film programmer, and commercial director-Morris has honed a unique formal and technical cinematic approach. A Morris film is characterized by intense personal interviews; dramatic re-creations; a haunting, modernist musical atmosphere; and a keen sense of complexity, irony, and black humor. With each new film, Morris challenges and redefines what a documentary can be. This volume features startling interviews from throughout his career, as well as intimate, never-before-published discussions.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604733730
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publication date: 2/28/2010
  • Series: Conversations with Filmmakers Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 959,070
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Livia Bloom is a film curator and a contributor to the collection Imagining Reality: The Faber Book of Documentary. Her writing is published regularly in Cinema Scope .

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Table of Contents

Introduction vii

Chronology xxi

Filmography xxv

Director: Errol Morris Ellen Hopkins 3

Errol Morris's Cinéma-Realité Joel E. Siegel 6

Predilections Mark Singer 12

Trying to Get a Fact-Fiction Mix on the Air Shawn Rosenheim 49

A Need to Create Something Timeless John Anderson 52

Planet of the Apes Chris Chang 55

Genre Buster Michel Negroponte 62

Mr. Death: The Executioner's Song Scott Macaulay 67

A Hundred Million Years of Equivocations Ron Rosenbaum 74

Truth Is Not Subjective Roy Grundmann Cynthia Rockwell 86

Errol Morris: Megatron, Son of Interrotron Roger Ebert 102

Truth Is a Linguistic Thing Nubar Alexanian 105

The Anti-Postmodern Postmodernist Errol Morris 118

Clearing the Fog Livia Bloom 131

History Lessons Jason Anderson 136

It Could All Be Wrong: An Unfinished Interview with Errol Morris Paul Cronin 144

Film and Friendship: Werner and Errol Alice Arshalooys Kelikian 210

Hallway to Hell Joshua Rothkopf 230

Regarding the Pain of Others Livia Bloom 232

See No Evil: Errol Morris Interviews Errol Morris on Standard Operating Procedure Errol Morris 245

Musings on the Universe Errol Morris 251

Index 257

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