Documentary puts Michael Moore's film making practices under the microscope

Mikey 3 comments
Documentary puts Michael Moore's film making practices under the microscope

In "Manufacturing Dissent", a new documentary made by husband and wife team Rick Caine and Debbie Melnyk, Michael Moore's documentary practices are brought into question. While the couple set out to discredit Moore, they do concede the industry owes a lot to his films. Melnyk said:

What he's done for documentaries is amazing...People go to see documentaries now and, as documentary makers, we're grateful."

During the creation of their own documentary they found themselves in a very isolated place, as people could not understand why they would want to put Michael Moore under the microscope.

From this author's perspective, I am all in favour of documentarian rhetoric, and eagerly await the release of this film here in Australia. But I can't help but wonder if this is nothing more than a clever way to make a quick buck. Any documentary that opposes Michael Moore's work is guaranteed major exposure and consequently bums on seats.

Add to the that, Moore makes no apologies for his bias. He is an agenda driven film maker fighting for the little guy, and there is nothing wrong with that. All his films have the heart in the right place because they are intended for good - not evil.

Anyone is free to make documentaries opposing Moore's views, but that said I can't recall any documentaries that are in favour of more guns (opposing Bowling for Columbine), favour the war in Iraq (opposing Fahrenheit 911) or in favour of higher medical insurance premiums (opposing Sicko).

I will add a cautionary note and speculate Caine and Melnyk probably want the same as Moore - a healthier, cleaner, safer America. But hey, why not discredit the most popular messenger along the way?

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Tuesday 17th July 2007 | 05:55 PM

there are always two sides to a story,and we have onlt heard alittle from these 2 people....

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Tuesday 17th July 2007 | 08:17 PM

This will be interesting to see if they skew the facts as much as they allege Moore does. But as the author said it is curious to go after someone who does what he does for the good of the nation.

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Thursday 19th July 2007 | 12:29 PM

Multi tasking is impressive, it would be quite difficult to put one in the back of someone who quite clearly looks out for the little guy and hold your hand out for a fast buck. I think it's complete B.S. It sounds more like apologizing before you know what you are about to do is not only wrong but also a little underhanded.There is nothing here that would truly dis way me from Moore's opinions as Rick Caine and Debbie Melnyk say themselves its pretty much an opinion.

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