Errol Morris' mesmerizing portrait of Donald Rumsfeld
The Unknown KnownAngelika Film Center (18 West Houston Street, New York, NY 10012) Map it $14
In THE UNKNOWN KNOWN, Oscar winning filmmaker Errol Morris (THE FOG OF WAR) offers a mesmerizing portrait of Donald Rumsfeld, the former US Secretary of Defense and one of the key architects of the Iraq War. Over multiple interviews, Rumsfeld and Morris engage in a verbal duel over recent history and even the meaning of language, digging into Rumsfeld’s “snowflakes,” the tens of thousands of memos he composed as a congressman and advisor to four different presidents. These memos provide a window onto history—not history as it actually happened, but history as Rumsfeld wants us to see it.