Happy belated birthday to Errol Morris

Errol Morris — the Oscar-winning documentarian whose first film Gates of Heaven (1978) made Roger Ebert’s all-time top-ten list, and whose later films The Thin Blue Line (1988) and Fast, Cheap & Out of Control (1997) rank among my own all-time favorites — turned 65 yesterday. So, to mark the occasion, I have re-posted all the articles I’ve written on his films over the last decade and a half. These include my phone interview with Morris in November 1997, my review of Fast, Cheap & Out of Control for BC Christian News, my articles on Fast, Cheap & Out of Control and Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter Jr. (2000) for Books & Culture, and my review of Standard Operating Procedure (2008) for Christianity Today Movies.

I have also linked to a number of Morris’s blog posts over the years and have added my own comments along the way. See, for example, this post on “continuity errors” both in film and in our memories, this post on the nature of “re-enactments”, and this post on the photos taken by Roger Fenton during the Crimean War. Enjoy!

About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his film column, which won multiple awards from the Evangelical Press Association, the Canadian Church Press and the Fellowship of Christian Newspapers, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) and Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005).


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