About Errol Morris:
Errol Mark Morris is an American film director. In 2003, his film The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.
But one of the amazing things about documentary is that you can remake it every time you make one. There is no rule about how a documentary film has to be made.
The proper route to an understanding of the world is an examination of our errors about it.
Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it without a sense of ironic futility.
Ecstatic absurdity: it's the confrontation with meaninglessness.
If everything was planned, it would be dreadful. If everything was unplanned, it would be equally dreadful.
Despite all of our efforts to control something, the world is much, much more powerful than us, and more deranged even than us.
But I can say what interests me about documentary is the fact that you don't know how the story ends at the onset - that you are investigating, with a camera, and the story emerges as you go along.
My advice to all interviewers is: Shut up and listen. It's harder than it sounds.
I think an interview, properly considered, should be an investigation. You shouldn't know what the interview will yield. Otherwise, why do it at all?
Certain kinds of intimacy emerge on a phone call that might never occur if you were sitting right next to the other person.
If you think you're going to create an unposed photograph, think again. There is no such thing.
First of all, tabloid stories are some of the richest and most important stories that we have. There's nothing wrong, per se, with tabloid stories.
Photographs can reveal something to us, and they can also conceal things.
I've never had any problem with crazy people. I like crazy people; I probably am a crazy person myself.
People lie, and they always are very very creative in finding new ways to lie.
I've been writing a lot more, I believe, because of the Internet. I've been posting stuff that I've written and I've just been writing.
A movie is like a tip of an iceberg, in a way, because so little of what you do in connection with making a movie actually gets into the movie. Almost everything gets left behind.
But there's a big difference between, say, reporting on a story and simply making up a story.
Interviews, when they are just simply an exercise in hearing what you want to hear, are of no interest.
I think calling someone a character is a compliment.