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photography and film – facts, ideas, values


The Lovely Month of May

A documentary film by Chris Marker and Pierre LHomme, 1963

July 2, 2018 Posted by | film documentary | , | Leave a comment

FILM SHORT Back to Land


Back to Land

….a meditation on the sight of a blue whale beached on a California shore. The film observes the onlookers and the nature of their looking.

4 min short by Tijana Petrović

This came to me from Aeon film, but decided to look for Tijana’s home page to show it from.

One for L.

May 9, 2014 Posted by | Tijana Petrović | | Leave a comment

FILM DOCUMENTARIST The Thinking Man’s Detective


Sightly modified from: Tina Berning

Errol Morris: The Thinking Man’s Detective

— The documentary filmmaker has become America’s most surprising and provocative public intellectual

Ron Rosenbaum, Smithsonian Magazine, March 2012

December 14, 2013 Posted by | Errol Morris, film, film documentary | | Leave a comment


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► My theory is that deceit does not require language. To lie, you have to make a statement. You have to say something in words for it to be a lie. But deceit only requires misdirection. All it requires is the intent to have someone think something that is different from what you believe. ◄

► One of the nice things about Cambridge, Massachusetts is that ‘Baudrillard’ isn’t in the phone book. ◄

Errol Morris: Biography from his website

Wiki : Errol Morris

Famous for documentary The Thin Blue Line (1988) and

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

He’s written a 5-part article:

Did My Brother Invent E-Mail With Tom Van Vleck? (Part One)

Errol Morris, New York Times, 19 June 2011

If the link doesn’t work, you may have to register with NYT.

“Believing Is Seeing”: Truth, lies and photographs

–The director of “The Thin Blue Line” investigates five famous accusations of photographic fraud

Laura Miller, Salon 29 August 2011

Errol has written a book Believing Is Seeing (Observations on the Mysteries of Photography)

Book review: ‘Believing Is Seeing (Observations on the Mysteries of Photography)’
–Enigmatic filmmaker Errol Morris doesn’t arrive at comforting conclusions in his six essays on visual art and artifice.

Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times, 28August 2011


Believing Is Seeing

Errol Morris, NYT 13 July 2008 [short]

Seven Lies About Lying (Part 1)

Errol Morris, NYT, 5 August 2009

Photography as a Weapon

Errol Morris, NYT, 11 August 2008

Cartesian Blogging, Part Three

Errol Morris, NYT, 12 November 2008 [replies to comments in Photography as a Weapon]

Recovering Reality: A Conversation with Errol Morris for the Columbia Journalism Review.

YouTube: 8 mins

Werner Herzog and Errol Morris (1 of 4)

A very shaky home video which you’d be best to treat as a radio prog. No close-ups. Just a recording of two men on a platform, wobbling and gyrating and mostly out of focus. Which I love, because here’s a person in an Audience With (so far unknown..) who admires these two men and wants to record what they say on video, but fails to live up to the two directors film skills both, while admiring their film and book talk.

Mirabile dictu, the sound quality is quite good, if a bit hissy at times. Both are clear. Two different sources, probably. The guy with the little video camera -we joke- didn’t go on to be a film-maker (in his epilogue…) and use a tripod, or chuck it and buy an anti-shake DVC. Or just learn that thing of relaxing and letting the camera float at the end of the arm.

Errol Morris #8

Describes on video an opportunity to write for The New York Times, when thought he was permanently blocked – for 40 years ! – which allowed him, in the process of writing, to develop projects that were unfinished or he thought might not come to fruition.

October 5, 2011 Posted by | Errol Morris, film directors, film documentary, photography | , | Leave a comment

FILM DOCUMENTARY My Life as a Terrorist

FILM Hans-Joachim Klein

My Life as a Terrorist: The Story of Hans-Joachym Klein [2005]


This a free movie from

Duration 70 mins.  Directed by Alexander Oey.  Summary from Spill.

The one review in Rotten Tomatoes reckons it’s much too long. It needs to be long in order to develop the character who is Klein. There is a  point at which one can get the feeling, “This guy talks too much”, which is who he is. It is only through the length and the talking, including to as-is-now Dany Cohn-Bendit, that there ought to come some sort of ambivalence in the viewer about if the guy is simply not too bright (explaining how he got involved) or someone who wasn’t too bright to start with and has through reading and thinking come to a maturer understanding of things. In other words, at the time he acted (rashly and precipitously) he had too small a set of information and ideas to work on, despite access to students and academics who who really did grasp what it all meant.

It is not just about Klein, but about the times he lived in.  So it is a glimpse of an era – for those who may have lived through it; and those who know nothing about it – and the mindset of those who believed direct action was imperative, like Klein.

In the spill review it claims:

At that trial, a number of Klein‘s former collaborators — by then well-respected politicians in France, such as Daniel Cohn-Bendit — joined forces to incriminate him.

Either I wasn’t keeping up or that bit wasn’t mentioned. They seemed affable towards each other.

November 16, 2009 Posted by | film directors, film documentary, film [its techniques] | , , , | Leave a comment