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Morris on Rumsfeld: The known remains unknown

For weeks, it seems, movie fans were asking about Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel." When, they wanted to know, was it coming to Spokane? And on Friday, it finally did.

Funny but I haven't noticed anyone asking about Errol Morris' "The Unknown Known." Following the format of Morris' 2003 Oscar-winning Documentary feature "The Fog of War," his "The Unknown Known" is based on the 33 hours Morris spent interviewing former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. The title comes, of course, from Rumsfeld's famous (or should that be infamous?) statement, made in response to a question during a 2002 news briefing: "Reports that say that something hasn't happened are always interesting to me, because as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns; that is to say, there are things that we now know we don't know. But there are also unknown unknowns – there are things we do not know we don't know."

First screened in August 2003 at the Telluride Film Festival, "The Unknown Known" has been working the festival circuit and is only now slowly getting a mainstream release. Available through On Demand services this Friday, it's scheduled to screen April 11 at the Magic Lantern.

To read Morris' own recollection about the experience, click here.