[tig] Congratulations to Michael Moore
Mon May 24 20:48:35 BST 2004
Rich Torpey wrote:
>"Godard, who hadn't seen Fahrenheit 9/11, compared it unfavourably to the
>work of American documentarian Frederick Wiseman. "It's like two different
>worlds," Godard said."
>I trust you have seen the film you're commenting on unlike Godard?
Your trust is misplaced, monsieur, or sarcastic, as the film has not
been released here, and I trust you know I have not seen it.
My comments were not about the quality of the filmmaking, which would
depend more upon seeing the actual film. My comments were prompted by
all that I have read regarding the content and intent of this film. It
may indeed be a very well-constructed and cleverly-edited "documentary",
but surely no one can be so naive as to believe that it received a
20-minute standing ovation based on its cinematographic quality.
Regardless of what Tarantino and other jurists claim to the press, all
the hub-bub over this work is because of its strident anti-American
message; Moore skillfully manipulates imagery so as to convey his
particular negative view of the government, based on descriptions I've
read of various film sequences, and our former ally France presented the
perfect setting for its debut.
If we are to trust that your advice to this group that "it's worth
spending two hours of your life to watch a film like this one" is based
on the quality of the filmmaking without regard to its potentially
dangerous effect on viewers' minds, or to its possibly one-sided
presentation of reality, as was the case with his previous Bowling film,
I can only say I was motivated to post my initial response offering
alternate views on his work because I consider content as important as
form when judging the worth of a work purported to be a documentary.
I did not see Bowling for Columbine in its entirety; I saw several
segments of it on Moore's site, and the animated cartoon presenting
Moore's version of the history of the US, which in itself was a sham, a
disgrace, and fodder for anti-US rhetoric the world over. I've read many
analyses of the way editing was used to present events and conversations
out of context, and many comments by people interviewed in that film who
were angry at how they were duped into speaking on camera and
misrepresented in the final work. I do intend to see F 911, but I have
no reason to believe Moore has experienced any sudden enlightenment
which would have altered his message and tactics in the interim.
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