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The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara (2003) Poster

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The "Eleven Lessons" listed in the film are as follows:
  • 1. Empathize with your enemy.


  • 2. Rationality will not save us.


  • 3. There's something beyond one's self.


  • 4. Maximize efficiency.


  • 5. Proportionality should be a guideline in war.


  • 6. Get the data.


  • 7. Belief and seeing are both often wrong.


  • 8. Be prepared to reexamine your reasoning.


  • 9. In order to do good, you may have to engage in evil.


  • 10. Never say never.


  • 11. You can't change human nature.


McNamara originally agreed to an hour-long interview for the Errol Morris PBS series, First Person (2000). The interview lasted eight hours and McNamara stayed for a second day of interviewing. He also returned months later, for two more days of interviews. Morris found himself with more than enough material for a feature-length documentary.
Errol Morris's wife jokingly nicknamed his interviewing device the Interrotron, which is what it later became known as.
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Errol Morris invented a device called the Interrotron not for this film. He did indeed use the Interrortron, but he invented it several years earlier, and has used it on several of his other films.
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