Documentary about Fred Leuchter, an engineer who became an expert on execution devices and was later hired by revisionist historian Ernst Zundel to "prove" that there were no gas chambers at Auschwitz. Leuchter published a controversial report confirming Zundel's position, which ultimately ruined his own career. Most of the footage is of Leuchter, puttering around execution facilities or chipping away at the walls of Auschwitz, but Morris also interviews various historians, associates, and neighbors.
Errol Morris turns his camera on one of the most fascinating men in the world: the pioneering astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, afflicted by a debilitating motor neuron disease that has left him without a voice or the use of his limbs. An adroitly crafted tale of personal adversity, professional triumph, and cosmological inquiry, Morris’s documentary examines the way the collapse of Hawking’s body has been accompanied by the untrammeled broadening of his imagination. Telling the man’s incredible story through the voices of his colleagues and loved ones, while making dynamically accessible some of the theories in Hawking’s best-selling book of the same name, A Brief History of Time is at once as small as a single life and as big as the ever-expanding universe.
Errol Morris's unique documentary dramatically re-enacts the crime scene and investigation of a police officer's murder in Dallas, Texas. Briefly, a drifter (Randall Adams) ran out of gas and was picked up by a 16-year-old runaway (David Harris). Later that night, they drank some beer, smoked some marijuana, and went to the movies. Then, their stories diverged. Adams claimed that he left for his motel, where he was staying with his brother, and went to sleep. Harris, however, said that they were stopped by police late that night, and Adams suddenly shot the officer approaching their car. The film shows the audience the evidence gathered by the police, who were under extreme pressure to clear the case. It strongly makes a point that the circumstantial evidence was very flimsy. In fact, it becomes apparent that Harris was a much more likely suspect and was in the middle of a crime spree, eventually ending up on Death Row himself for the later commission of other crimes. Morris implie.
Winner of Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, Errol Morris' "A Brief History of Time" (1991) arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Criterion. The supplemental features on the disc include exclusive new interviews with director Errol Morris and cinematographer John Bailey. The release also arrives with a 32-page illustrated booklet featuring David Sterritt's essay "Macrobiography", a chapter from Stephen Hawking's 2013 memoir "My Brief History", and an excerpt from his book "A Brief History of Time". A Brief History of Time is complimented by an outstanding orchestral score courtesy of Philip Glass which benefits tremendously from the lossless treatment. Indeed, there is an excellent range of nuanced dynamics that dramatically change the tone of the film as intended (typically between descriptions of Hawking's theories where different illustrations are used to highlight key points). The dialog is exceptionally clean, stable, and very easy to follow. Also, there are absolutely no pops, cracks, audio dropouts, or distortions.
La-La Land Records presents the original motion picture score to the new, acclaimed documentary feature film THE UNKNOWN KNOWN, in theaters now, directed by renowned filmmaker Errol Morris (STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE, THE FOG OF WAR, THE THIN BLUE LINE). Morris re-teams with his STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE composer, the masterful Danny Elfman (AMERICAN HUSTLE, ALICE IN WONDERLAND, EDWARD SCISSORHANDS, BATMAN), who provides a thematically rich and emotionally intense orchestral backdrop to this mesmerizing chronicle of former U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld's career in Washington DC. Produced by Danny Elfman and mastered by Patricia Sullivan this release showcases another notable work from one of contemporary filmdom’s most talented and celebrated composers. Art direction is by Dan Goldwasser.