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Governor Bush/Fahrenheit 911
    #2695431 - 05/18/04 11:56 AM (12 years, 5 months ago)

The Bushes and the Bin Ladens: passionate anti-war film is a tale of two families

Cannes 2004

Peter Bradshaw
Tuesday May 18, 2004
The Guardian
It was strident, passionate, sometimes outrageously manipulative and often bafflingly selective in its material, but Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 was a barnstorming anti-war/anti-Bush polemic tossed like an incendiary device into the crowded Cannes festival.
It included a full-scale denunciation of the links between the Bush and Bin Laden families, the petro-commercial association which allowed dozens of the Bin Laden family to leave the country for Saudi Arabia after 9/11 and which necessitated the Iraq war as a massive diversion.

Moore also has queasy new war zone footage of US soldiers humiliating their prisoners while others snap away with their digital cameras, although he is noticeably keen to demonise the politicians, not the military.

A documentary is highly unlikely to win the Golden Palm, but this was an exhilarating and even refreshing film, especially coming at a time when political commentators on either side of the Atlantic - progressives and ex-progressives alike - are apparently too worldly and sophisticated to be angry about the war.

At Cannes this time last year, Franco-American relations were so bad and feelings so high that this movie could hardly have been shown without a riot. Now it was received in a mood of simmering, twitchy consensus. One American PR cracked: "It made me wanna burn my passport!"

There are fewer of the jokes and wacky stunts that entranced and enraged in his anti-gun documentary Bowling For Columbine; it is mostly a straight stitching together of clips and graphics with Moore's droll, faux-naif voiceover.

It does not have a big "showdown" moment, like Moore's encounter with Charlton Heston,  although the director shouts out questions to the president he derisively calls Governor Bush and is rewarded by him with a snarling suggestion that he should get a real job,  :grin: which takes some effrontery coming from the slacker fratboy head of state who makes Ronald Reagan's workload look Stakhanovite.


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Re: Governor Bush/Fahrenheit 911 [Re: Xlea321]
    #2695496 - 05/18/04 12:23 PM (12 years, 5 months ago)

This movie will get released soon and I, for one, can't wait.

A lot of people will dismiss it as the rantings of an extremist lunatic, but I really hope that the success of his recent books as well as that of Bowling for Columbine will cause more people to see the movie and, hopefully, take away some of the actual facts included in it without getting too caught up in the rhetoric. As much as I love the guy, he does communicate rhetorically quite a bit, and you have to be able to be very objective and think outside the box a bit to really understand where he is going and what he's really trying to say a lot of the time.

I'm looking forward to it.
Oh. And fuck Disney.

There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people.
  --  Howard Zinn

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Re: Governor Bush/Fahrenheit 911 [Re: Xlea321]
    #2695590 - 05/18/04 12:55 PM (12 years, 5 months ago)

Gubner Bush...I love it:lol:

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Re: Governor Bush/Fahrenheit 911 [Re: GernBlanston]
    #2695839 - 05/18/04 02:06 PM (12 years, 5 months ago)

The Disney thing was a publicity stunt.  Come on man, think outside the box :wink:.

By the way, can we stop using the phrase "think outside the box"?  I feel trapped inside an ever-shrinking box whenever I hear that cliche.

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Re: Governor Bush/Fahrenheit 911 [Re: Viveka]
    #2698421 - 05/18/04 09:51 PM (12 years, 5 months ago)

please god PLEASE let this be the factor that keeps that warmongering fuck from being put back in power ...

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