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    Reader comments on Fahrenheit 9/11

    Subject: F/911 Only a glancing blow at Bush: a review
    Date: Jul 29, 2004
    Sender: R. BleierPrevious | Next


    Moore‚s F9/11: A glancing blow at Bush
    a review by Ronald Bleier
    July 2004

    How sad it was to find that Michael Moore‚s documentary, Fahrenheit 9/11 delivered merely a glancing blow at its mile wide target, the regime of George W. Bush. From the many reviews I had read, I expected to find that the film was greater than the sum of its parts and that I would emerge from the theater inspired by the sense that the real Bush administration was powerfully reflected in a mass culture vehicle. I had hoped that the film would go a long way toward exposing the Bush gang for what it was, an up to date incarnation of the administration portrayed in Sinclair Lewis‚s classic, It Can‚t Happen Here, the story of a fascist takeover of the United States. Instead, I left the theater rather dispirited because I felt that Moore, the premier documentarian and public relations magician of our age had largely failed to make his case.

    There were some good moments, especially the scenes from Iraq where the quotes from a number of soldiers were effective, as were the scenes of some of the destruction there, including a midnight raid by young American soldiers at the home of an Iraqi family. However, a Bush partisan might simply discount much of this as the inevitable tragedy of war.



    The least effective moments for me were the scenes of Bush, Wolfowitz, Rice, Powell, and Ashcroft prepping for the camera. I felt these scenes backfired by confusing the audience: were we supposed to identify them as villains because they were waiting for the cameras to roll? As much as I despise Wolfowitz‚s policies and the power he wields, why would I want to see him putting his comb in his mouth? What did this reveal to me about his politics?

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  • Michael Moore review   from chuck t., Jun 25, 2004
  • Re: Michael Moore review   from Andy, Jun 27, 2004
  • Re: Michael Moore review   from Eugene M, Jun 28, 2004
  • Re: Michael Moore review   from The Patriot, Jun 29, 2004
  • Re: Michael Moore review   from LEFT VS RIGHT, Jun 30, 2004
  • Re: Michael Moore review   from sylvie, Jul 1, 2004
  • Re: Michael Moore review   from Stefano, Jul 10, 2004
  • Re: Michael Moore review   from Joshua, Jul 10, 2004
  • Re: Michael Moore review   from The Questioner, Jul 13, 2004
  • Re: Michael Moore review   from Amy, Jul 22, 2004
  • Re: Michael Moore review   from Proteus, Aug 21, 2004
  • Re: Michael Moore - the big fat entertaining liar   from random guy, Jul 18, 2004
  • Re: Michael Moore - a symbol of this country   from GC-maxpages.com/girlmeetsworld, Feb 7, 2005
  • Micheal moore is a dildo   from Big b, Jul 7, 2004
  • Re: Micheal moore is a dildo   from rosemary, Jul 15, 2004
  • Re: Micheal moore is a dildo   from Mig21, Jul 20, 2004
  • Re: Micheal moore is a dildo   from , Mar 19, 2006
  • Re: Micheal moore is a dildo   from James G, Oct 8, 2004
  • Re: Micheal moore is a dildo   from danny, Nov 24, 2004
  • Re: Micheal moore is a dildo   from Mike, Feb 28, 2006
  • Moore - Fahrenheit 1939   from Frank, Jul 8, 2004
  • Re: Moore - Fahrenheit 1939   from Dr Tchock, Jul 16, 2004
  • Re: Moore - Fahrenheit 1939   from Xenocide, Jul 20, 2004
  • Re: Moore - Fahrenheit 1939   from James G, Oct 8, 2004
  • Re: Moore - Fahrenheit 1939   from , Mar 19, 2006
  • The Bottom Line   from 2Cents, Jul 22, 2004
  • Re: The Bottom Line   from Yves F, Aug 26, 2004
  • [no subject]   from camo, Jul 23, 2004
  • Re:"Y'all" are idiots?   from DarkFx, May 28, 2006
  • A Few Ideas   from bottle o blues, Jul 27, 2004
  • Re: A Few Ideas   from former liberal, Aug 10, 2004
  • Re: A Few Ideas   from j, Nov 5, 2005
  • Re: A Few Ideas   from Mike, Feb 28, 2006
  • » F/911 Only a glancing blow at Bush: a review «   from R. Bleier, Jul 29, 2004
  • movie was revealing   from JoanMcelmury, Aug 4, 2004
  • FARENHEIT 9/11 REVIEW   from CLARK DALLAS, Nov 24, 2004
  • Re: FARENHEIT 9/11 REVIEW   from sonya, Nov 25, 2004
  • The 'Foundations' of 'Truth'   from adam, Nov 24, 2004
  • The ruination of the documentary form   from N Wand, Jan 3, 2005
  • Moore_9_11   from jimbob, Sep 28, 2005
  • i love micheal moore   from estella, Apr 11, 2006
  • Genius   from DarkFx, May 25, 2006
  • Michael Moore review   from chuck t., Jun 25, 2004
  • Re: Michael Moore review   from Andy, Jun 27, 2004
  • Re: Michael Moore review   from Eugene M, Jun 28, 2004
  • Re: Michael Moore review   from The Patriot, Jun 29, 2004
  • Re: Michael Moore review   from LEFT VS RIGHT, Jun 30, 2004
  • Re: Michael Moore review   from sylvie, Jul 1, 2004
  • Re: Michael Moore review   from Stefano, Jul 10, 2004
  • Re: Michael Moore review   from Joshua, Jul 10, 2004
  • Re: Michael Moore review   from The Questioner, Jul 13, 2004
  • Re: Michael Moore review   from Amy, Jul 22, 2004
  • Re: Michael Moore review   from Proteus, Aug 21, 2004
  • Re: Michael Moore - the big fat entertaining liar   from random guy, Jul 18, 2004
  • Re: Michael Moore - a symbol of this country   from GC-maxpages.com/girlmeetsworld, Feb 7, 2005
  • Micheal moore is a dildo   from Big b, Jul 7, 2004
  • Re: Micheal moore is a dildo   from rosemary, Jul 15, 2004
  • Re: Micheal moore is a dildo   from Mig21, Jul 20, 2004
  • Re: Micheal moore is a dildo   from , Mar 19, 2006
  • Re: Micheal moore is a dildo   from James G, Oct 8, 2004
  • Re: Micheal moore is a dildo   from danny, Nov 24, 2004
  • Re: Micheal moore is a dildo   from Mike, Feb 28, 2006
  • Moore - Fahrenheit 1939   from Frank, Jul 8, 2004
  • Re: Moore - Fahrenheit 1939   from Dr Tchock, Jul 16, 2004
  • Re: Moore - Fahrenheit 1939   from Xenocide, Jul 20, 2004
  • Re: Moore - Fahrenheit 1939   from James G, Oct 8, 2004
  • Re: Moore - Fahrenheit 1939   from , Mar 19, 2006
  • The Bottom Line   from 2Cents, Jul 22, 2004
  • Re: The Bottom Line   from Yves F, Aug 26, 2004
  • [no subject]   from camo, Jul 23, 2004
  • Re:"Y'all" are idiots?   from DarkFx, May 28, 2006
  • A Few Ideas   from bottle o blues, Jul 27, 2004
  • Re: A Few Ideas   from former liberal, Aug 10, 2004
  • Re: A Few Ideas   from j, Nov 5, 2005
  • Re: A Few Ideas   from Mike, Feb 28, 2006
  • » F/911 Only a glancing blow at Bush: a review «   from R. Bleier, Jul 29, 2004
  • movie was revealing   from JoanMcelmury, Aug 4, 2004
  • FARENHEIT 9/11 REVIEW   from CLARK DALLAS, Nov 24, 2004
  • Re: FARENHEIT 9/11 REVIEW   from sonya, Nov 25, 2004
  • The 'Foundations' of 'Truth'   from adam, Nov 24, 2004
  • The ruination of the documentary form   from N Wand, Jan 3, 2005
  • Moore_9_11   from jimbob, Sep 28, 2005
  • i love micheal moore   from estella, Apr 11, 2006
  • Genius   from DarkFx, May 25, 2006