Michael Moore has made over the years, a lot of enemies. And some Fans, to which he could well do without. Including Donald Trump. "I like Roger & Me,'" said Trump at the end of the Nineties, about Moore's debut film, 1989, which is now also already 30 years back. And laughed: "I hope he will never make a movie about me". The would have liked to see Moore. But like the life plays: You always meet twice.
The TV cutout finds a prominent place in "Fahrenheit 11/9", whose arrival in the German cinemas something unzeitig seems. The Film was his contribution to the Midterm elections in November, he wanted to mobilize even voters. If the Democrats had not succeeded, the Congress recapture, proclaimed Moore at the time on his PR Tour, was America a bleak future. The Coup succeeded, as you know, actually had taken care of his concerns. In 2004, he was failed with the Cannes-winning "Fahrenheit 9/11" with his project, to hunt Iraq-warrior Bush out of the White house.
"Fahrenheit 11/9" is not primarily aimed at a European audience. The Film starts in German cinemas, has to do not least with Michael Moore's in this country continuing popularity as an upright the left. In the meantime, it had become his a little tired. Moore's shirt sleeve and his penchant for abbreviated analysis in conjunction with part funny, part self-loving Stress in the films, "Sicko" (2007) about the U.S. health care system, "Capitalism: A Love Story" (2009) and the Europe-Eloge "Where to Invade Next" (2015) to the mesh go to waste. But like so many media protagonists also Moore, from the rise of Trumps benefited.
He warned earlier than all the other political experts
Michael Moore warned earlier than all the other pundits, the political experts, in the relevant talk show from CNN to MSNBC during the election campaign in 2016, dramatically multiplying split screens to the Opinion wrestled in front of a future President Donald Trump. In television, he distinguished himself more than the last time with his films as a structured, unpolemischer explainer of the US policy. And as a compassionate Crusader of the small people had turned away in the geographical center of America, frustrated by the elitist Political.
Moore's analyses were balm to the battered souls of ordinary Americans, which, were this steep Thesis of the Film is occupied with Numbers – in the heart has always been liberal. Only once in the last seven presidential elections the majority of votes went to a Republican. The title "Fahrenheit 11/9" is a nod to his most famous Film: the night of the 9. November 2016, the news channel announced the victory of Trumps. "How the fuck did this happen?", Moore asks, still dumbfounded.
"Fahrenheit 11/9" describes this phenomenon very pointedly, the film maker, even by the critics. He is also a member of the media, the public, the lives of Trumps antics, well, part of the problem. Steve Bannon earned in his previous life as a film producer, money with Moore, who is pied in the not-so-old recordings of Trumps campaign strategist, Kelly Anne Conway. The vergiftetste praise, however, he received from Jared Kushner: "Michael is good at putting an Argument together to wrap up and present it for people easy to digest". To cozy with the enemy. "A malignant narcissist has kept the media for fools," says Moore contrite in "Fahrenheit 11/9". Or in the words of then-CBS chief Leslie Moonves: "Trump may not be good for America, but he is good for CBS".
Trump has survived all storms
Moonves's long history, from the boss's chair swept by a wave of abuse allegations. Like so many other Y-chromosome carrier of the "Old Boys Club" in the media, the abarbeiteten joins in the candidate Hillary Clinton. Previously, you had made to the electorate their "socialist" candidate Bernie Sanders maggoty. Trump, however, has survived all the storms.
Moore draws the right conclusion: Trump is not the fundamental evil of American politics, not just the Symptom. The President-Bashing to do the Late-Night talk shows, in increasingly tiresome monotony. Moore tries to explain better how a President was at all possible.
That he shows, of all things, America's son, no. 1, Jared Kushner, son-in-law as a leniency, is not without a certain irony – in a double sense. Because "Fahrenheit 11/9" all the good intentions a confused Film that takes its arguments rarely stringently to the end, sometimes unnecessarily long time, on the places of staying, or in the individual life loses. "Lashed out" describes this collection of good and well-intentioned ideas very well. A thought-out dramaturgy would have been more purposeful.
However, Michael Moore is as a commentator invaluable, because he – looks-in contrast to the political experts in the Coastal metropolises – indeed, even from the heartland on America. His hometown of Flint, Michigan, went in November to the Republicans that is used in almost all of his productions, as a Seismograph for the precarious working class. In his debut film, "Roger & Me" he moved against the General Motors Boss Roger Smith in the fight, wanted to move 30000 jobs from Flint to Mexico. Years prior to his criticism of Bill Clinton's Nafta policy had a feeling Moore as not even, as how prophetic his Film would turn out.
In the most compelling Segment of "Fahrenheit 11/9" are reminiscent of the so-called water crisis in Flint in 2014, which was in Hillary Clinton's election campaign to the Central theme. Moore claimed that Trump had taken the Governor of Michigan, Rick Snyder, for example. Snyder had pushed for the privatisation of the administration and severed in the course of the fresh water supply of flint. The population has been supplied over a number of months with the lead-containing brackish water of the local car industry.
The people lose Faith in democracy
after almost two years of Barack Obama in Flint media effectively in a glass of water sipped instead of declare a state of emergency – that have lost the policy of their credit permanently. "Obama came in as my President," says one African-American, "as he left us, he was there." Moore calls the poisoning of the population, an "ethnic cleansing": In Flint Black life most of the time. Snyder will probably come out unscathed. How probably Trump. Who lets their own people so ruthlessly in the lurch, so Moore should not be surprised if people will eventually lose Faith in the democracy. The 100 million non-voters, he's called the strongest party in America.
Also, that's why he spends a lot of time with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Shooting Star of the democratic party, with the Survivors of the Parkland school massacre, demonstrating for tougher gun laws, and the teachers in West Virginia that have initiated a country-wide protest action for the strengthening of their rights. Moore courted, like Bernie Sanders, the other "Angry White Man" of the American Left, the Millennials, whose future is at stake. He has always been more grass root activist as a documentary filmmaker.
Because of his populist Stunts are no longer exorcise the 64-Year-old, whether he is pumping now, Rick Snyder, with the help of the fire brigade whose own water in the garden or in the closing argument Trump with Hitler compares. Knowing how biased is his method that checks off all the dictators features for Trump, in the manner of right-wing conspiracy theorist, even a Parallel from 9/11 to the Reichstag fire.
on the Other hand: Have we actually forget again the false alarm over Hawaii a few months ago, as America was for two minutes in a state of war? Moore is not. The question of whether the President is dangerous or just a wisp of a narcissist, he answers unequivocally: in the past, Trump had yet made any of its allegedly serious threats. For the promise of a Mexican border wall that is not a Good guess.More about
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