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'Man With A Movie Camera' Tops Sight & Sound's List Of Best Documentaries Of All Time

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 1, 2014 11:24 AM
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Man With A Movie Camera
Two years after shaking up the chin-stroking world of cinephiles, when the results of their once-every-decade Greatest Films Of All Time list knocked Orson Welles' "Citizen Kane" off the top spot, with Alfred Hitchcock's "Vertigo" taking its place, Sight & Sound is back with another list, that probably won't be as Earth shattering. They are turning their ranking system to documentaries and it's safe to say no one is going to riot in the streets over these results.

Review: Errol Morris' Donald Rumsfeld Doc 'The Unknown Known' Both Insightful & Unsatisfying

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 2, 2014 5:14 PM
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The Unknown Known, Errol Morris
As we inch towards another potential war in the Middle East, the last couple are still being pored over by filmmakers. We’re still likely some time away from the definitive takes on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but we have seen a few solid films telling those stories in the last decade or so, albeit tending to focus on the men on the ground, rather than the architects of the conflict. The men who planned and executed the wars might have been out of office for some time, but they’re not showing any particular willingness to talk things over. Well, except one. Sort of.

Watch: Errol Morris Uses Ronald McDonald To Promote Taco Bell In New Series Of Ads

Errol Morris
While he's best known for his documentary work, Errol Morris has long been a commercials director too, cranking out spots for major brands like Apple, Adidas, Nike, Toyota, Volkswagen and many, many more. And the results are always the most satisfying when he brings his own, distinct interview and observational style to the small screen. Read More »

Watch: 1-Hour Documentary Director Roundtable With Errol Morris, James Toback, Alex Gibney & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 12, 2013 4:57 PM
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Documentary Director Roundtable
We'll here's something that will sit nicely alongside our 15 Best Documentaries Of 2013 -- a one hour THR roundtable with some of the filmmakers who brought forth some of biggest highlights of the year: Errol Morris ("The Unknown Known"), Lucy Walker ("The Crash Reel"), Alex Gibney ("The Armstrong Lie," "We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks"), Morgan Neville ("20 Feet From Stardom"), Teller ("Tim's Vermeer") and James Toback ("Seduced and Abandoned"). And as always, the talk is fascinating.

Watch: Errol Morris' 14-Minute JFK Assassination Documentary 'November 22, 1963'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 22, 2013 9:00 AM
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On this day, 50 years ago, multiple shots suddenly rang out after President John F. Kennedy's motorcade turned the corner and came into Dealey Plaza. Abraham Zapruder's 8mm Kodachrome camera caught the horrifying moment on film, with the President's head snapping back and to the left, and that 26.6 seconds of footage becoming forever scrutinized and debated in the years to come. But what about the other evidence on the ground? What about the other people who were taking pictures and filming that day? That's the question that Errol Morris' probing, fascinating short documentary "November 22, 1963" gets into.

Naomi Watts Joins Errol Morris' 'Fargo'-Esque Black Comedy 'Holland, Michigan'

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • September 7, 2013 11:15 AM
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Documentarians-turned-feature-length-narrative filmmakers is a long and storied tradition and almost a rite of passage. Some of the greats—Krzysztof Kieslowski, Louis Malle, Luis Buñuel, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne—got their start working in the medium. And more recently, documentary names like Paul Greengrass, Todd Phillips, Bennett Miller, Kevin Macdonald and Derek Cianfrance (who started out in narrative, but then carved out a decade long documentary career), have been making strong waves in the dramatic and comedy fields. Others like Werner Herzog or Steven Soderbergh vacillate between the two mediums effortlessly.

Watch: Clips & Trailers From TIFF Entries Errol Morris' 'The Unknown Known,' Bruce McDonald's 'The Husband' & Many More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • September 5, 2013 11:15 AM
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With the Toronto International Film Festival underway, the fall movie season—as well as awards season—is officially upon us. Over the next eleven days, we’ll be bringing you our reviews and more coverage from ground. Since the festival has only just begun and we’ve already told you about some of our most anticipated films of the festival, let’s take a moment to get a quick peek at some of the other films premiering.

Venice Review: Errol Morris’ Donald Rumsfeld Documentary ‘The Unknown Known’

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 5, 2013 9:43 AM
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The Unknown Known, Errol Morris
As we inch towards another potential war in the Middle East, the last couple are still being pored over by filmmakers. We’re still likely some time away from the definitive takes on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but we have seen a few solid films telling those stories in the last decade or so albeit tending to focus on the men on the ground, rather than the architects of the conflict. The men who planned and executed the wars might have been out of office for some time, but they’re not showing any particular willingness to talk things over. Well, except one. Sort of.

Watch: Extended Clip From Errol Morris' Donald Rumsfeld Doc 'The Unknown Known' Playing Venice, Telluride & TIFF

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • August 30, 2013 9:21 AM
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The Unknown Known, Errol Morris
As Philip Glass can attest, Errol Morris has his proven motifs, whether thematically by his gaze on the subjective nature of facts or cinematically, with his signature interviewing style, but the “Thin Blue Line” filmmaker's next project find him actually repeating a government position as subject — U.S. Secretary of State. 2003's “The Fog Of War” examined history through the eyes of Robert S. McNamara, who walked Pentagon halls during the Vietnam War; now Morris turns to Donald Rumsfeld for his account of his time in office, and we've got a first glimpse of the result.

The 10 Most Anticipated Films Of The 2013 Venice Film Festival

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 26, 2013 1:01 PM
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If you look at the release schedule for the next couple of weeks, it's clear that we're entering the late August/early September slow season. Half-formed young adult adaptations, thrillers that star Ethan Hawke because Nicolas Cage was unavailable, 3D boyband concert movies and a Riddick sequel, with only "The World's End" and "You're Next" to save the day.

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