Director Errol Morris gestures as he poses during a photocall for the movie "The Unknown Known" during the 70th Venice Film Festival in Venice in this September 4, 2013 file photo. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi/Files
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After 11 days of interviews, Oscar-winning filmmaker Errol Morris felt he was hardly closer to understanding Donald Rumsfeld than when he first began to work on the documentary "The Unknown Known".In that film, Vietnam War-era Defense Secretary Robert McNamara explains his philosophies on warfare.Rumsfeld's thousands of memos over the course of his government career, which began in the Nixon administration, form the core of the film.Morris said what fascinated him about the memos was how it gave a first-person narrative to history.Rumsfeld supplied declassified memos to Morris in preparation for the film.The memos only tell a portion of the history, and some critics have raised the point that Morris fails to corner Rumsfeld on torture during the occupation of Iraq and the weapons of mass destruction that were used a pretext for war but ultimately never turned up.
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