Michael Moore’s latest target

Love him, hate him, disregard him, or sit on the edge of your seat awaiting his next move – Michael Moore has turned the documentary art form into something demanding discussion, and attention, from a mainstream audience that typically shuns this material.

His ability to inject himself into stories of great topical relevance has yielded four of the top 15 highest-grossing documentaries of all-time.  Those movies (Fahrenheit 9/11, Sicko, Bowling For Columbine, and Roger & Me) have grossed nearly $175,000,000 combined.

But despite the big money, Michael Moore insists on using his films as a bully pulpit on behalf of the little people, the “regular people” of America like those in his hometown of Flint, Michigan.

Therefore, it should come as no surprise that Michael Moore is going after “Wall Street robber barons” in his new (still untitled) film, opening on October 2nd.

Michael Moore

Michael Moore

USA Today caught up with Moore this week to discuss his new project.  In the short feature, Moore tells reporter Anthony Breznican that he intended to stay “open-minded” when making the film in the hope that he would “run across things we otherwise wouldn’t have seen.”

As with his previous documentaries, Moore is keeping most details secret until the film’s debut but this quote from the interview provides insight into the direction that we can expect from his latest “thriller”:

“During the past eight years, the top 1% have made off like bandits. And they were making all this money by convincing the average American to go into more and more debt. So it wasn’t real money they were making. It was pretend money.”

Should be fascinating.  Simplistic and heavy-handed with Wall Street playing the role of the obvious bad guy?  Maybe – but fascinating, nonetheless.

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~ by acm213 on June 10, 2009.

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