Michael Moore Says He’s Done With Docs
Fresh off his appearance on Oprah to promote his new film, Capitalism: A Love Story, which opens October 2, comes the news, from Michael Moore, himself, that he may be finished making documentaries altogether. His latest film examines corporate greed and the inner workings of our economy. Its release coincides with the 20th anniversary of Moore’s first film, Roger & Me. Now, after a long career in documentary filmmaking, producing such titles as Bowling for Columbine and Farenheit 911, Capitalism may well be his last. In an interview at the Toronto Film Festival, he said,
I’ve done this for 20 years. I started out by warning people about General Motors, and my whole career has been trying to say the emperor has no clothes here, and we better do something about it. I think people will be maybe somewhat disappointed because there’s so many things we need to deal with right now, and they wish I would make a film about it. But I want other people to make those films.”
Moore also expressed disappointment that there aren’t more public figures willing to stand up for their beliefs. He added,
I am tired of feeling like I’m doing this alone. All through the eight years of Bush, you Google `Bush’ and `nemesis’ and I’m the first name up. And there aren’t a whole lot of other names… Sean Penn and Ted Kennedy and a few others. The people have got to get involved in their democracy.”
Despite Moore’s admission, it appears that he had no intentions of abandoning filmmaking altogether.
Look, I love the movies, I love going to the movies, and I love making movies. I think making a good movie is about telling a good story, and you can do that through fiction or nonfiction. I’ve made a body of work of nonfiction that I’m very proud of, and like any filmmaker, I’m looking for different challenges, and things that will keep me interested and excited about what I’m doing.”
His last non-documentary film, Canadian Bacon, one of the late John Candy‘s last starring roles, didn’t exactly garner rave reviews. In Variety, Leonard Klady wrote,
The film has all the makings of a funny, acidic satire, but once the groundwork has been established, Moore falters in developing it to a conclusion — logical or otherwise.”
On second thought, maybe he should stick with nonfiction.