PG-13, 95 min.
Director: Errol Morris
Featuring: Robert S. McNamara
A few nights ago my wife asked me for some ideas of films based on historical U.S. fact from World War II to the present day. It was a tough request. There are a great many films that deal with U.S. politics at different points in that era. Vietnam and the Nixon administration are the basis of many different ones. Unfortunately that was a pretty broad period of time, and I had trouble settling on where to start. Finally, I remembered this Oscar-winning documentary from Errol Morris, the master of the documentary interview.
“The Fog of War” tells of the public life of former Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara in his own words. Certainly his are biased words when he is his own subject, but what better window into the modern history of this country than through the first hand experience of a man who has held post in some degree or another in many of this country’s most important events. On top of being Secretary of Defense during two of the last century’s most important military conflicts, McNamara also served as a statistician for one of the most successful generals of World War II, he was the first non-Ford family member to hold the chair of president of the Ford Motor Company, and in his 80s when this was filmed was still in complete control of his faculties and memories. It’s an astounding account.