Thursday, August 12, 2004

CBC Art News : Films that bash Bush fast becoming a genre

WASHINGTON - It looks like Michael Moore may have started something.

Moore's controversial Fahrenheit 9/11 takes U.S. President George W. Bush to task for the invasion of Iraq. It has been attacked for being unfair, but has also been a huge commercial success, becoming the top-grossing documentary of all time with more than $100 million US in receipts.

U.S. President George W. Bush

It won't, however, be the last movie from a filmmaker who has a bone to pick with Bush.

Sept. 17 will see the release of Silver City, the most recent effort from John Sayles, the director of Casa de los babys and Lone Star. It stars Chris Cooper as a Bush-like politician who runs for the governorship of Colorado.

The film's upcoming release was timed to affect the looming presidential election by making moviegoers think about politics.

"We felt like it was important to make this movie and get people thinking about it," the director said Wednesday at a National Press Club news conference.

Like Bush, Cooper's character – Dickie Pilager – is from a political family. He's also a born-again Christian who is, in the words of the director, "grammatically challenged."

Sayles has been working with progressive groups to promote the film, and he hopes the activist organization MoveOn.org will join the cause.

Spike Lee, in the new film She Hate Me, also takes on Bush. The film's opening credits include an image of a three-dollar bill with Bush's picture on it, crowned by an Enron logo.

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