Don't miss the interviews with the rabbit lady!! I found the rich-people parties particularly poignant. Roger began to thrive on hurting Arthur. You'd have to go talk to their landlords. I--a man of thought, the bookworm of great libraries. Recognize me not, by word, by sign, by look! He then focuses on a corrupt encouragement for tourism.
I can't think of a film or a television show that has managed to do the same since. Smith, we just came down from Flint, where we filmed a family being evicted from their home the day before. All these efforts fail, as the Hyatt files for and is put up for sale, Water Street Pavilion sees most of its stores go out of business, and AutoWorld closes just six months after the grand opening. This could lead to a wider discussion about the news and the role of journalists. At the film's climax, Moore finally confronts Smith at the chairman's annual 1988 Christmas message in Detroit. A collapsing economy makes people do ridiculous things.
What few alternative jobs there were in Flint were already taken by laid-off factory workers. Michael Moore's Roger and Me In: Grant, Barry Keith; Sloniowski, Jeannette eds. We are meant to feel disgust at their luxury, but the parties seem, by contemporary standards, muted, down-at-heels affairs. At the ball, she falls for handsome Prince Christopher Paolo Montalban , whose parents, King Maximillian Victor Garber and Queen Constantina Whoopi Goldberg , are anxious for him to find a suitable paramour. The closing clip of the film Moore explains this film will never be shown in Flint, Michigan because there are no more theaters.
I take the political views some people have labeled him with and look at his movies as common sense in your face. Smith: I cannot come to Flint, I'm sorry. It was truly the dawn of a new era. Be not silent from any mistaken pity and tenderness for him; for, believe me, Hester, though he were to step down from a high place, and stand there be- side thee on thy pedestal of shame, yet better were it so, than to hide a guilty heart through life. He points out that Flint is the place where the occurred, resulting in the birth of the.
Archived from on April 10, 2010. These decisions led to massive profits for the corporation, a hugely widening economic inequality, and the total erosion of the economic basis of Flint, Michigan. I ordered used so just threw it away. Moore highlights the comedy of the situation, too, in of the movie featuring a woman who makes ends meet by raising rabbits for fur and meat. In the late '80s, we were actually shocked by factory work being shipped to poorer countries and working people having their jobs taken away. People frankly express their economic desperation.
He has mastered the art of using humor to make serious social and political commentary. When Michael Moore returned to his hometown of Flint, Michigan after a brief stint working in San Francisco, he arrived just in time for the first of what proved to be a tidal wave of General Motors plant closures. Her reply was filled with uncertainty and confusion, as she tried not to offend anyone. Moore also interviews Bob Eubanks during a fair near Flint, during which Bob cracks a joke about Jewish women and. He also follows the guy who evicts all kinds of people from their homes. Especially when they were America's ideas to begin with. Moore also talks to the residents of the affluent suburb of , who display classist attitudes about Flint's hardships; at a -themed party they are hosting, Moore takes note when they hire laid off workers to be human statues.
Should he have to be to call his film a documentary? Initially, Moore achieves his dream of avoiding blue-collared factory life after being hired by a in , but this venture fails for him and he ultimately travels back to Flint. In his debut successful film, Michael Moore must resort to concealed 8mm cameras hidden in a briefcase. Common Sense Note Parents need to know that this documentary addresses the economic downfall of Flint, Michigan, after General Motors laid off 30,000 employees. The majority of the population was unable to obtain new jobs in Flint because the factories had supported most of the economy. Ay, ay, you must have known it; for he tells me he is of your party, and a close friend to the ge. There are plenty of comparisons between the haves and the have-nots. The filmmaker also told the Associated Press that if he had managed to secure an interview with Smith during production, then suppressed the footage, General Motors would have publicized the information to discredit him.
Moore does not pander in simplistic slogans. We see the local government pursue one half-baked scheme for rejuvenation after another as countless families are evicted from their homes and so many people rent moving vans that the rental companies find it literally impossible to keep vehicles in stock. Over the course of the film, Moore attempts to track down Smith at the and the , only to be told either that Smith is not there or to leave by employees and security guards. Twenty five years later, he provides a commentary about his film. It's the once scene where I want to fast forward. In her interview after the parade, Miss Michigan was asked about the unemployment situation.
It's apparent that the closing of the factory has distraught its employees. Literally, there's a recreation of the main-street stores that once flourished. Money magazine named Flint, Michigan as the worst city to live in because of its economic downturn and crime. He interviews , an auto worker who suffered a on the assembly line and is residing at a mental health facility. She was so funny that her presence in the movie was a at the time of its release. Smith: Well, I'm sorry about that. In one scene, Deputy Fred must evict a family on Christmas.
It's a real eye opener. Smith is shown expounding about generosity during the holiday season, concurrently as Deputy Ross evicts another family from their home. It should be noted that some of Moore's chronology related to the park and other elements in the film. We thought it was wrong that executives would fire thousands of employees and then give themselves raises. Admit it, everybody takes their foot of the throttle, when they see a cop car with a rack, right? The blood clinics are crammed with people who trade their plasma for a little money. But it is the opposite of the hectoring outrage that overwhelmed Michael Moore's later movies and overwhelmed to a certain extent the American left over the same period.