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Morris, Errol

Works: 158 works in 536 publications in 9 languages and 18,048 library holdings
Genres: Documentary films  Nonfiction films  History  Biographical films  Biography  Interviews  Trials, litigation, etc  Case studies  Historical films  Social problem films 
Roles: Director, Producer, Author, Film editor, Host, Interviewer, Editor, Performer, Interviewee, Contributor, Other
Classifications: DS79.76, 973.92
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Errol Morris
The fog of war : eleven lessons from the life of Robert S. McNamara by Errol Morris( Visual )

13 editions published between 2004 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 1,941 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Former corporate whiz kid Robert McNamara was the controversial Secretary of Defense in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, during the height of the Vietnam War
The thin blue line by Errol Morris( Visual )

62 editions published between 1988 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 1,660 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1976, Randall Adams was wrongly sentenced to death for the murder of a Dallas policeman. Errol Morris' documentary exposed the truth of the case and is credited with overturning Adams' conviction
A brief history of time by Errol Morris( Visual )

58 editions published between 1991 and 2015 in 6 languages and held by 1,445 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the mysteries we've all wondered about against the backdrop of the life story of Stephen Hawking
Believing is seeing : observations on the mysteries of photography by Errol Morris( Book )

10 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and held by 1,333 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Academy Award-wining filmmaker Errol Morris investigates the hidden truths behind a series of documentary photographs. In Believing Is Seeing Academy Award-winning director Errol Morris turns his eye to the nature of truth in photography. In his inimitable style, Morris untangles the mysteries behind an eclectic range of documentary photographs, from the ambrotype of three children found clasped in the hands of an unknown soldier at Gettysburg to the indelible portraits of the WPA photography project. Each essay in the book presents the reader with a conundrum and investigates the relationship between photographs and the real world they supposedly record. During the Crimean War, Roger Fenton took two nearly identical photographs of the Valley of the Shadow of Death-one of a road covered with cannonballs, the other of the same road without cannonballs. Susan Sontag later claimed that Fenton posed the first photograph, prompting Morris to return to Crimea to investigate. Can we recover the truth behind Fenton's intentions in a photograph taken 150 years ago? In the midst of the Great Depression and one of the worst droughts on record, FDR's Farm Service Administration sent several photographers, including Arthur Rothstein, Dorothea Lange, and Walker Evans, to document rural poverty. When Rothstein was discovered to have moved the cow skull in his now-iconic photograph, fiscal conservatives-furious over taxpayer money funding an artistic project-claimed the photographs were liberal propaganda. What is the difference between journalistic evidence, fine art, and staged propaganda? During the Israeli-Lebanese war in 2006, no fewer than four different photojournalists took photographs in Beirut of toys lying in the rubble of bombings, provoking accusations of posing and anti-Israeli bias at the news organizations. Why were there so many similar photographs? And were the accusers objecting to the photos themselves or to the conclusions readers drew from them? With his keen sense of irony, skepticism, and humor, Morris reveals in these and many other investigations how photographs can obscure as much as they reveal and how what we see is often determined by our beliefs. Part detective story, part philosophical meditation, Believing Is Seeing is a highly original exploration of photography and perception from one of America's most provocative observers"--Provided by publisher
Standard operating procedure by Philip Gourevitch( Book )

26 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in 8 languages and held by 1,290 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reveals the stories of the American soldiers who took and appeared in the photographs from Abu Ghraib. This book draws on interviews both with soldiers who served there, and inmates who were held there. It renders portraits of guards and prisoners ensnared in an appalling breakdown of command authority and moral order
The act of killing by Joshua Oppenheimer( Visual )

7 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in Indonesian and Multiple languages and held by 1,005 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The act of killing" is an examination of the murder of political dissidents in Indonesia by government sponsored death squads in the years following the military coup in 1965, in which the filmmakers were successful in persuading those responsible to reenact the killings for the camera in the fashion of American movies
A wilderness of error : the trials of Jeffrey MacDonald by Errol Morris( Book )

6 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 909 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker and former private detective Errol Morris examines the nature of evidence and proof in the infamous Jeffrey MacDonald murder case. In 1979 MacDonald was convicted of the brutal 1970 murder of his wife and two children, and remains in prison today. Since then a number of bestselling books, including Joe McGinniss's Fatal Vision, and a blockbuster television miniseries have attempted to solve and explain the MacDonald case. Here, Morris, who has been investigating the case for nearly two decades, reveals that almost everything we know about it is ultimately flawed, and an innocent man may be behind bars. In a reinvention of the true-crime thriller, Morris looks behind the haze of myth. Drawing on court transcripts, lab reports, and original interviews, he brings a complete forty-year history back to life and allows the reader to explore the case as a detective might by confronting the evidence as if for the first time.--From publisher description
Standard operating procedure by Errol Morris( Visual )

28 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in 5 languages and held by 834 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First revealed to the world through impromptu photographs taken by U.S. soldiers stationed within the facility, this documentary investigates the story and causes behind the Abu Ghraib prison scandal. Involving apparent wide-scale abuse and torture of prisoners, the photos forced attention on the decisions and actions that turned the once-notorious Iraqi prison into an even more notorious U.S.-run detainment center. One of the most dramatic moments in recent U.S. military history is examined through interviews with participants and dramatic reenactments
Fast, cheap & out of control by ( Visual )

19 editions published between 1996 and 2007 in English and held by 811 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Acclaimed filmmaker Errol Morris paints a fascinating portrait of four obsessed eccentrics. Morris weaves interviews with a wild animal trainer, a topiary gardener, a robot designer and an expert on the naked mole rat together with old movies, cartoons and stock footage for a compelling, kaleidoscopic look at the very thin line which separates madness from genius
Gates of heaven by Errol Morris( Visual )

17 editions published between 1978 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 803 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When a pet cemetery in California is forced to close its gates, its dearly departed must be moved to a neighboring cemetery. This begins a strange journey involving eccentric cemetery operators and anguished animal lovers
The unknown known by Donald Rumsfeld( Visual )

10 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 659 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Former United States Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld discusses his career in Washington, D.C. from his days as a congressman in the early 1960s to planning the invasion of Iraq in 2003
Tabloid( Visual )

14 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and held by 629 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the late 1970s, Miss Wyoming Joyce McKinney became a tabloid staple when she kidnapped her former beau, a Mormon missionary, and tied him to a bed to 'deprogram' his religious beliefs--by having nonstop sex with him. Director Errol Morris follows the salacious adventures of this beauty queen with an IQ of 168 whose single-minded devotion to the man of her dreams led her across the globe, into jail and onto the front page
The thin blue line( Visual )

3 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 356 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the roadside murder of a Dallas police officer, and the subsequent arrest and conviction of drifter Randall Adams, who was given a death sentence despite overwhelming evidence of his innocence
Mr. Death the rise and fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr. by Errol Morris( Visual )

5 editions published between 2000 and 2015 in English and held by 326 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fred A. Leuchter, Jr., the son of a prison worker and a self-taught execution expert consulted with prisons across the country to make capital punishment more humane. He was later hired by revisionist historian Ernst Zundel to "prove" that there were no gas chambers at Auschwitz. Leuchter published a controversial report confirming Zundel's position, which ultimately ruined his own career. When Leuchter is called in as a high-profile expert in a Canadian trial, his ego, bravado and absurd testimony reaches national media prominence. What Leuchter thought was going to be an apex in his career, only ruins it
The act of killing by Joshua Oppenheimer( Visual )

17 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in Indonesian and English and held by 320 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Zwischen 500.000 und 2.000.000 Menschen sind zwischen Mitte der 60er Jahre staatlich sanktionierten Todestrupps in Indonesien zum Opfer gefallen. Ein schier unglaubliches Verbrechen gegen die Menschlichkeit, für das sich Täter wie die Killer um den hier porträtierte Anwar Congo auch heute noch rühmen. Indem er ihre Taten nacherzählen und sogar nachspielen lässt, versucht Regisseur Oppenheimer, die Täter zumindest ansatzweise dazu zu bringen, ihre grausigen Taten zu reflektieren. In einem Klima, in dem sogar das staatliche Fernsehen die Mörder immer noch feiert, ein scheinbar aussichtsloses Unterfangen.- Cover
Dark wind( Visual )

10 editions published between 1991 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 241 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The popular hero of several Tony Hillerman best-sellers, Navajo cop Jim Chee, is a student of the old ways who wanted to be a medicine man before he became a lawman. Now as a cop covering the Arizona Territories belonging to the Hopi and Navajo Indians, he's torn between both worlds. When the badly mutilated victim of a Navajo skinwalker is found on Hopi land, Chee is suddenly plunged into a world of mystery filled with drug dealers, F.B.I. agents, witchcraft, international politics and revenge
Errol Morris' first person : the complete series( Visual )

3 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 205 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Amazing series primarily using Errol Morris' invention the Interrotron for unusual people to tell their outré stories directly into the camera to the viewer. Almost every half-hour documentary episode focused on 1 person, especially scientists, criminals, cranks, plus everyday folks in strange circumstances. First season seen on Bravo, second on IFC. ... Some subjects came from Morris' back-file, others were newly uncovered. First season included the autistic woman scientist who designs humane slaughterhouses (Temple Grandin, 'Stairway to Heaven'), the parrot whose testimony in a trial exonerated a man wrongly accused of murdering his owner, the ex-lobster fisherman devoted to being the first to see a live giant squid ('Eyeball to Eyeball'), and a serial killer groupie. Second season had some 2 parters such as a haunted passenger who landed a crashing jet liner, also the entrepreneur who believes first mate Gilligan is the new messiah! Errol Morris hoped to continue 'First Person,' but funding was unavailable."
Gates of Heaven ; Vernon, Florida : two films by Errol Morris( Visual )

6 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 171 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Errol Morris changed the face of documentary filmmaking in the US, and his career began with two remarkable tales of American eccentricity: Gates of heaven uses two Southern California pet cemeteries as the bases for a profound and funny rumination on love, loss, and industry; Vernon, Florida travels to a languorous southern backwater and meets a handful of fascinating folks; a determined turkey hunter, a curious minister, a laconic policeman, engaged in individualistic, sometimes absurd pursuits
The ballad of Abu Ghraib by Philip Gourevitch( Book )

7 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in English and held by 125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collects the stories of the American soldiers who took and appeared in the controversial digital photographs from Abu Ghraib, in a collaborative account of Iraq's occupation that reveals how it is being experienced by both guards and prisoners
The look of silence( Visual )

1 edition published in 2016 in Indonesian and held by 115 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this follow-up to the documentary The act of killing (2012), the brother of a political dissident killed by state-sponsored death squads following Indonesia's 1965 military coup d'état seeks answers from the men responsible for the deed
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The fog of war : eleven lessons from the life of Robert S. McNamara
Alternative Names
Errol Morris

Errol Morris Amerikaans filmregisseur

Errol Morris réalisateur américain

Errol Morris regista statunitense

Errol Morris US-amerikanischer Regisseur und Dokumentarfilmer

MacLaren, Norman 1948-

Morris, Errol Mark 1948-

Моррис, Эррол

ארול מוריס

ارول موریس کارگردان آمریکایی

모리스, 에롤 1948-


Believing is seeing : observations on the mysteries of photographyStandard operating procedureStandard operating procedureFast, cheap & out of controlGates of heavenMr. Death the rise and fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr.The ballad of Abu Ghraib