The Unknown Known

Unknown Known

A film by Errol Morris
Starring Donald Rumsfeld

Former United States Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, discusses his career in Washington D.C. from his days as a congressman in the early 1960s to planning the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

In The Unknown Known, Academy Award-winning director Errol Morris (The Fog Of War) offers a mesmerizing portrait of Donald Rumsfeld, one of the key architects of the Iraq War, and a larger-than-life character who provoked equal levels of fury and adulation from the American public. Rather than conducting a conventional interview, Morris has Rumsfeld perform and expound on his “snowflakes,” tens of thousands of memos (many never previously published) he composed as a congressman and as an advisor to four different presidents, twice as Secretary of Defense. These memos provide a window onto history—not history as it actually happened, but history as Rumsfeld wants us to see it. Morris makes plain that Rumsfeld’s “snowflakes”—whether intended to elucidate, rationalize, obfuscate, or control history—are contradicted by the facts. The Unknown Known is an illumination of the mystery of Donald Rumsfeld, an unknown known.

Morris’s movie is a cat-and-mouse game, and Rumsfeld is the cat, virtually licking his chops as he toys with, and then devours, another rival. —Mary Corliss, TIME

 

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Technical Information

Production Year
2013
Country of Production
USA
Language
English
Running Time
103 mins

Past Screenings (since April 2nd, 2009)

Thursday, Apr 24, 2014
9:40pm · 7:20pm · 5:00pm
Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014
7:20pm · 5:00pm
Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014
9:40pm · 7:20pm · 5:00pm
Monday, Apr 21, 2014
9:40pm · 7:20pm · 5:00pm
Sunday, Apr 20, 2014
9:40pm · 7:20pm · 5:00pm · 3:20pm · 1:10pm
Saturday, Apr 19, 2014
9:40pm · 7:20pm · 5:00pm · 3:20pm · 1:10pm
Friday, Apr 18, 2014
9:40pm · 7:20pm · 5:00pm

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