The Fog of War is a 20th century fable, a story of an American dreamer who rose from humble origins to the heights of political power. Robert S. McNamara was both witness to and participant in many of the crucial events of the 20th century: the crippling Depression of the 1930s, the industrialization of the war years, the development of a different kind of warfare based on air power and the creation of a new American meritocracy. He was also an idealist who saw his dreams and ideals challenged by the role he played in history.
The Fog of War is legendary filmmaker Errol Morris’ Oscar®-winning documentary about Robert S. McNamara. About Morris, Roger Ebert writes, “After twenty years of reviewing films, I haven’t found another filmmaker who intrigues me more…Errol Morris is like a magician, and as great a filmmaker as Hitchcock or Fellini.”
“Morris, an ideal combination of journalist and romantic artist, matches footage to the words for maximum illumination and emotional impact.”
“Morris is uncanny in his ability to bring life to the abstract…The effect of “The Fog of War” is to impress upon us the frailty and uncertainty of our leaders.”
“Compelling, thoughtful and entirely involving.”
“One of the best documentaries of this or any year.”
“If there’s one movie that ought to be studied by military and civilian leaders around the world at this treacherous historical moment, it is The Fog of War.”