Morris' skill as an interviewer is explored in the documentary and a link is drawn to his previous work as a private detective in New York City. In explaining his methods of getting people to talk frankly, Morris shows Macdonald his interratrom camera--a machine he invented to allow the interviewee to face both the interviewer and the camera at the same time. Macdonald uses a similar technique in his film, as Morris explains his fascinations head on.
The film features entertaining and insightful interviews with both Werner Herzog (in which he relates the hilarious account of an aborted project about an overgrown chicken named "Mr. Weirdo") and Phillip Glass, who composed the music for "The Thin Blue Line." Macdonald's documentary has a powerful and haunting score itself, complementing Morris' unending obsession with what he refers to as "that one truly grand theme--death." Starring Errol Morris, Werner Herzog and Phillip Glass. Directed by Kevin Macdonald. Produced by Paula Jalfon and Colin MacCabe. A Minerva Pictures production. No distributor set. Documentary. Not yet rated. Running time: 47 min.