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Michael Moore's "Capitalism: A Love Story" Premieres In Venice To Great Reviews


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« on: September 07, 2009, 12:24:46 am »

Michael Moore's "Capitalism: A Love Story" Premieres In Venice To Great Reviews

COLLEEN BARRY | 09/ 6/09 03:43 PM | AP

VENICE, Italy Michael Moore says his film "Capitalism: A Love Story" is dedicated to "good people ... who've had their lives ruined" by the quest for profit.

After much success at Cannes, Moore premieres the movie Sunday in his first appearance at the Venice Film Festival. It was warmly received at a press showing Saturday evening and won positive reviews. Variety called it one of Moore's "best pics."

"I am personally affected by good people who struggle, who work hard and who've had their lives ruined by decisions that are made by people who do not have their best interest at heart, but who have the best interest of the bottom line, of the company, at heart," Moore told reporters Sunday.

The film features plenty of examples of lives shattered by corporate greed but also some inspiring tales of workers who have rebelled.
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« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2009, 12:25:47 am »

According to Moore, "the revolt you think I am calling for has actually begun. It began Nov. 4," when President Barack Obama was elected.

There is the Chicago glass and window company whose employees barricaded themselves to demand their pay after management laid off all 250 employees when the bank line of credit dried up.

On the side of greed, Moore tells the story of a privately-run juvenile detention center in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, that paid off judges to lock up juvenile offenders. One boy said he had done little more than throw a piece of meat at his mother's boyfriend during a fight at the dinner table, and a teenage girl's offense was making fun of her school's vice principal on a Myspace page.

The film is filled with classic Moore gimmicks, like wrapping crime scene tape around landmark banks and Wall Street institutions. And there is the expected Moore grandstanding as he tries to make citizen arrests of bank CEOs, not getting past the sometimes amused security guards at the main entrance. By now, everyone sees him coming and knows who he is.
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US filmmaker Michael Moore attends a meeting at the 66th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009. Moore will compete with his latest movie ' Capitalism: A Love Story ' . (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)
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« Reply #3 on: September 07, 2009, 12:26:52 am »

Moore said he considered himself a proxy for the "millions of Americans who would like to be placing crime scene tape around Wall Street."

The filmmaker is optimistic that unimagined change can happen, citing the unexpected fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, and Nelson Mandela's election as the president of South Africa after 27 years in prison for his anti-apartheid activism.

"There are many things that have happened in the last 20 years that are just utterly surprising, so that I now believe anything can happen. People can revolt in good ways."

Moore said his expose on the health care system, "Sicko," helped trigger "a national debate about why we are the only Western industrialized country that does not have universal health care."

While "Capitalism" has a strong political message, Moore said his main purpose is to entertain with a film that "makes you laugh a little, or cry, or think. I am happy with all those results.

But he acknowledges that his mass appeal allows him to reach even nonbelievers, a luxury enjoyed by few on the left.

"I am going to use that position to try to communicate not just to the church of the left but to the average, everyday American who wants to go see a good movie, and maybe gets something out of it at the same time."

"Capitalism: A Love Story" is competing for the Golden Lion, which will be awarded Sept. 12.
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« Reply #4 on: September 07, 2009, 12:31:12 am »


Michael Moore

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Posted: September 5, 2009 10:56 PM
This Is It! World Premiere of Capitalism: A Love Story Tonight

Friends,

Well, this is it!

Tonight, at the Venice Film Festival, I will premiere my new movie, Capitalism: A Love Story. After 16 months of production, I am proud to present this work of mine to you. It is unlike anything you'll see on the silver screen this year.

Twenty years ago this week I premiered my first film, Roger & Me. Tonight, my new film will premiere at the oldest film festival in the world, the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy. It is an incredible honor they've bestowed on us, and we feel very privileged to be able to present Capitalism: A Love Story tonight in Venice.

The director of the festival said that our movie was "incredibly symphonic" and that he was moved by its epic nature. Jeez, these Italians! Everything's an opera to them!

But seriously, I do believe we've made something that will knock your socks off. I showed it to a friend of mine last week and he said, "It's your most dangerous film yet." (But I assure you, you'll be completely safe watching it in your local theater.)

I've kept a pretty tight lid on what we've been up to while making this movie and you're about to see exactly what that means. It isn't easy, in the age of YouTube and the internet, to keep something like this under wraps, but we've pulled it off and I can't wait to show you this latest effort of mine.

So wish us well tonight. We'll be home soon to open the movie all across the country (September 23rd in New York and L.A., October 2nd everywhere else).

I'll leave you with a quote from Thomas Jefferson: "Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies."

Yours,
Michael Moore
MMFlint@aol.com
MichaelMoore.com

P.S. If you haven't seen the new trailer for the movie, check it out.

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« Reply #5 on: September 07, 2009, 12:37:44 am »

Capitalism has its downfalls but socialism is much worse.

In America we are a mixed economy.  We are capitalistic with socialist safeguards.

The real problem lies not with our mixed economy but with crony-capitalism and fractional reserve banking.

The Money Masters.

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-515319560256183936&q=The+money+changers&ei=Zd4QSMjvB47YqAKQtJmzBA
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« Reply #6 on: September 07, 2009, 01:24:14 am »

I disagree.  Socialism may not be perfect, but I'll take it over greedy capitalists anyday.
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« Reply #7 on: September 07, 2009, 03:01:26 am »

The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of people to take money from.
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« Reply #8 on: September 08, 2009, 03:10:09 pm »

Cancel the money, before the money cancels us...  Cool
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« Reply #9 on: September 08, 2009, 04:47:51 pm »

No have Sovereign people rule the government, then have the government regulate the banks as specified in the US Constitution.

Right now the Bilderbergers own the Federal-Reserve and the Federal-Reserve owns most politicians.

Of course Michael Moore will want to market his book in America, the mixed economy, so he can rake in some profits why he rails against capitalism.

Can we say irony.
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