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Monday, April 28, 2008

Standard Operating Procedure?

In the course of gathering material for his upcoming documentary on Abu Ghraib, Academy Award-winning director Errol Morris conducted over 200 hours of interviews with key figures. Col. Janis Karpinski, at the time of Abu Ghraib a Brigadeier General, was the commander of the prison and later in charge of Saddam Hussein once he was captured. After the Abu Ghraib photographs were made public, Karpinski was demoted. I saw the film yesterday and it was disturbing and tragic. Kyle Cooper's lush titles and graphics were out of place, as was Danny Elfman's score, but it is a movie that should be seen.

Interesting juxtaposition when considering Susan Sontag's On Photography, and a good, really well written review of the film from Teddy Blanks on Design Observer here.

A full-length interview with Errol Morris and Philip Gourevitch, which this clip is excerpted from can be found here.

And, finally, the official trailer for the film:


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