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Fahrenheit 9/11

directed by Michael Moore

By Jesse Kornbluth
Published: Jan 01, 2004
Category: Documentary

 

 

Fahrenheit 9/11
directed by Michael Moore

In April of 2003, Michael Moore hosted a dinner to mark the one-year anniversary of his book, “Stupid White Men,” on the New York Times bestseller list. It should have been a festive evening, but Moore was in a funk. “I’ve talked to important Democrats who say there’s no way to beat Bush in ’04,” he explained to his tablemates. “They say, ‘We’ll retake the White House in ’08.’ But can we make it through four more years of Bush?”

His friend Richard Belzer disagreed. “The wheels are coming off,” he said. “Bush will come apart before the ’04 election.”

Moore was unconvinced. “Oprah? Would she run?” he asked. Over dinner, he tried out other wildcards who might be persuaded to enter the Democratic primaries. None resonated.

And so Michael Moore set out to make a film that would singlehandedly rescue the Republic. He doesn’t admit this publicly —at the high-voltage premiere in New York , he said the film would be successful if it convinced just one person to register and vote — but that’s as deceptive as Moore ‘s bluster and braggadocio. The fact is, here beats the heart of a patriot and idealist.

“Can a film change the world?” is the real question his new movie asks. It just might.

So what’s in this “controversial” film?