Errol Morris' First Person - The Complete Series
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In 2000, Bravo began airing "Errol Morris' First Person", a series of shorter documentaries very much like his films, just shorter. The entire series was recently released on DVD and is definitely worth watching.
Morris invented a device called the "Interrotron", which I believe he used later in his film "The Fog of War", about Robert McNamara. Basically, the subject can only see Morris by looking into a small monitor which is situated in the camera, in turn, recording the subject as they speak. This means that the subject is always looking directly at the camera, and the viewer. It is a bit unsettling at first, but it also provides a bizarre voyeuristic slant to the stories. Morris moves the camera a little, canting the frame. Brief shots of Morris on the monitor are inserted, to establish his presence, but he isn't even in the same room. Occasionally, he interjects a question.Read more ›
Morris has an unusual style. Using his "Interrotron," a camera with a mirror that allows subjects to look at the director and answer his questions naturally even as they face viewers squarely, he interviews quirky, articulate people, most of whom seem to have an intimate relationship with death. Interspersed among snippets of the interviews are documents, reenactments, and archival footage.
How death-obsessed is Morris? Well, his most famous feature documentaries have included "Gates of Heaven," about pet cemeteries; "The Thin Blue Line," about a police murder; and "The Fog of War," about Robert McNamara, architect of the Vietnam War, for which Morris won an Academy Award. This series is just as fixated on the Grim Reaper. It includes just over eight hours worth of episodes: 15 that originally ran half an hour and two that lasted an hour. There ain't no more!
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Loved these! Wish I had found them a long time ago. Have lent them to friends to gently ease them into the wonderful world of documentary filmsPublished 11 months ago by lisa
I bought this for the episode, "Leaving the Earth". Denny Fitch is a true hero. RIP.Published 14 months ago by Richard Louis Newman
This is such a great collection of strange and unbelievable stories from random people, all interviewed in Errol Morris's unique way. I love this show!Published on December 29, 2013 by sarah keeney
From 2000-2001, Errol Morris had a TV show on the Bravo network. The interviews mirrored his documentary films in their uniqueness in style and the subjects he chose to interview. Read morePublished on February 10, 2013 by Lynn Ellingwood
I love stories about people and Errol Morris' First Person can be a lot of fun. My tendency is to burn through series-based television/cable shows, one right after another. Read morePublished on June 19, 2012 by NoPushover
This is a great documentary series. It's well shot, in typical Errol Morris style, with talking heads broken up by "b-reel" type footage that dramatizes their stories. Read morePublished on August 19, 2009 by Matthew D. Walker
brilliant. frightening. funny. tragic. comforting. discomforting. there are even several explosions if that's important to you. Read morePublished on February 8, 2008 by Y. Lilach