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What do an elderly topiary gardener, a retired lion tamer, a man fascinated by mole rats, and a cutting-edge robotics designer have in common? Both nothing and everything in this unconventional documentary directed by Erroll Morris. Fast, Cheap & Out of Control (Referring to the robot specialist's strange philosophy of robot design structure, not Erroll Morris's documentary techniques!) interplays, overlaps, and interrelates these four separate and highly specialized documentary subjects in order to in truth study all of humanity, raising questions about the future of mankind. Written by
Matthew F. Griffin
A work of genius. No one can sculpt the documentary form as brilliantly as this man
This movie is a work of genius. It asks as well of answers to some degree most major questions of life as we know it (and don't know it) all through interviews and visual juxtapositions. The real-life people are astoundingly interesting and passionate and when Errol distorts our minds using subjective imagery such as old 40's films and intercutting between interviews to enhance its meaning, he conjures welcome associations of human nature. No one can sculpt the documentary form as brilliantly as this man.
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