Errol Mark Morris is an American film director primarily of documentaries examining and investigating, among other things, authorities and eccentrics.
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Director Errol Morris—with his brief history as a private detective and door-to-door salesman—has transformed the world with his boundless curiosity. In this hour, we discuss the hostile reaction to American Dharma, how interviewing mass murderers shaped Errol’s theory of language, the role of self-deception in his films, and the subsequently arcane motives of Steve Bannon and Elizabeth Holmes. Errol reflects on his roots in commercial directing, his hatred of standard documentary filmmaking, the existential sadness in Gates of Heaven, and his mother's ineffable uniqueness. For more about our show, visit:  See for privacy and opt-out information.
"They wanted to deplatform me," says the legendary filmmaker, for the mortal sin of engaging former Trump adviser and head.
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Feb 5th, 1948
Cambridge, MA, USA
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6 hours, 52 minutes
Podchaser Creator ID logo 916150