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.
- Clip of Florence Rasmussen from Gates of Heaven.
- To watch American Dharma, visit their personal website.
- Roger Ebert’s review of Gates of Heaven.
llustrations by Krishna Shenoi. Music by Dylan Peck and Jinsang.