Director: Errol Morris
Writer(s): Errol Morris
Cast: Donald Rumsfeld, Errol Morris
Running Time: 103 Minutes
Morris’ film THE UNKNOWN KNOWN is a gripping exploration of the career and philosophy of former U.S Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. Using declassified memos, Morris guides Rumsfeld through a discussion of his controversial career as a high-level executive under four different Republican presidents. Such absorbing topics as Vietnam, the Cold War, Desert Storm and the War on Terror are all examined through the words of one of America’s most divisive and complex public figures.
“Yes, it is a probing and unsettling inquiry into the recent political and military history of the United States, but it is also a bracing and invigorating philosophical skirmish.”-A.O. Scott, New York Times
“Morris proceeds with bonhomie and patience in this documentary interrogation of Donald Rumsfeld; the result is a masterwork of political epistemology and dialectical jujitsu.”-Richard Brody, New Yorker