“Remembering the ‘fog’ of the Vietnam War”
Director Errol Morris won an Academy Award for his 2003 documentary “The Fog of War,” in which Robert McNamara, the Secretary of Defense during the Vietnam War, recalls that conflict within the larger context of the decisions that leaders must make. By all accounts, McNamara was a brilliant bureaucrat. Deemed by many to be the architect of the Vietnam War, McNamara made decisions during the war that he examines many years later in this feature-length documentary. We will watch the opening section of the film and then discuss it both as filmmaking and in terms of its political content.
Mike Giuliano is a Professor of Film at Howard Community College. He writes about the arts on a weekly basis for the Baltimore Sun Media Group’s publications in Howard County. He served as the film critic for the Baltimore City Paper, Baltimore News American and Howard County Times/Columbia Flier, and has written about film for other publications including Variety.