Saturday, November 20, 2010

Screening Liberally/PDX Left Side presents: "The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the life of Robert McNamara"

This month's PDX Left Side/Screening Liberally pick is director Errol Morris' critically acclaimed 2003 documentary "The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert McNamara."

"Fog of War" won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature and the Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary Feature. It was screened out of competition at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival.

Join everyone Sunday at 7pm at Ringo's Bar and Grill, 12300 SW Broadway (across from the Beaverton Bakery) in Beaverton.

Here's an excerpt from Roger Ebert's review:

Morris is uncanny in his ability to bring life to the abstract, and here he uses graphics, charts, moving titles and visual effects in counterpoint to what McNamara is saying. There's also a lot of historical footage, including some shots of Curtis LeMay with his cigar clenched between his teeth -- images that describe whatever McNamara neglected to say about him. There are tape recordings of Oval Office discussions involving McNamara, Kennedy and Johnson. And archival footage of McNamara's years at Ford (he is proud of introducing seat belts). Underneath all of them, uneasily urging the movie along, is the Philip Glass' score, which sounds -- what? Mournful, urgent, melancholy, driven?

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