Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara (2003)

An American documentary directed by Errol Morris.
Robert S. McNamara speaks about his life in business, politics and war.
Let's get this out of the way first: McNamara was in Skull and Bones and the Trilateral Commission, so yes, he is Illuminati and a Freemason. Given the fact that nobody without a full list of secret society memberships could ever be president of the World Bank. I found the subject matter to be very boring because I have no interest in business, economics, politics or war. The interview footage was actually really good. A device called an Interrotron was used so that the interviewee appears to be speaking directly to the viewer, instead of looking at the interviewer or elsewhere. My video professor at school would disagree, but I think it worked fine. She would also criticize the jump cuts in the interview footage. The B-roll was all very professional looking. One type of scene that I liked most was of a busy street recorded twice. The recordings were layered, with one going very fast and the other very slow. An artsy touch. There were also, obviously, stock videos from television used. The audio was all very good because it was mostly just one man speaking in a room. Overall, the interesting video production made a long and dry interview slightly interesting. I rate this poor because I just didn't like it.

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