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by Paula Bernstein
August 29, 2013 4:57 PM
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Watch: Clip From Errol Morris' Donald Rumsfeld Doc 'The Unknown Known'

We can't wait to see "The Unknown Known," Errol Morris' documentary about Donald Rumsfeld, which will make its North American premiere at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival. Morris, who has an uncanny ability to get his subjects talking, previously won an Oscar for getting another former Secretary of Defense to talk in "The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara." 

The title for the new film reportedly came from the former Secretary of Defense's comments about "Operation Iraqi Freedom:"

There are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns -- there are things we do not know we don’t know.

Morris talks to Rumsfeld about his career -- everything from his experience as a Congressman in the early 1960s up until the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Check out the clip below:


  • jackmcdaid | September 18, 2013 9:34 AMReply

    Morris is a genius. Thats all I can say after seeing his movies. Once I start watching I can't stop. Over and over again.

  • Curtis | August 30, 2013 9:17 AMReply

    Those jump cuts are called "editing" in order to make this more than one man speaking into the camera for 2 hours and to illustrate what he is saying, in other words, a documentary film. He does let him speak. If anything, Morris is known for letting the subject speak and not prodding with question and after question but rather letting the person fill in the dead space, which more often than not, they will do.

  • Aaaa | August 30, 2013 7:18 AMReply

    All those jump cuts are annoying, let the man speak.