Tuesday, August 10, 2004

Citizens For Legitimate Government : The Manchurian Candidate – picking up where "Fahrenheit 9/11" left off

Those of us who trooped, en masse, to see “Fahrenheit 9/11” did so for a number of reasons. Certainly one of those reasons was to make a political statement with our ticket purchases and our presence in the movie theaters. Many of us felt – quite accurately – that no matter what the quality of the film proved to be, it was important to show that there were many, many people who did not accept the Bush administration’s 9/11 narrative. Seeing the film on opening night was a form of protest, and while not everyone walked away from the movie satisfied that their position regarding the events of September 11, 2001 had been presented as accurately as they might have liked, as an anti-war film and as a film which raised important questions about the official story line emanating from the mainstream media, it was a superlative work.

One of the primary criticisms levied at Michael Moore’s film, however, was that he was largely preaching to the choir. There is more than a grain of truth to this point as Moore’s reputation for espousing left-of-center causes precedes him, and it is hard to imagine someone who never misses a Faux News broadcast accidentally encountering Moore’s work in the theater, let alone taking down the Bush shrine in the family recreation room based on the evidence that the film presents. For that miracle to happen, you need a subtler touch, so your assignment this week, boys and girls, is to take your favorite neo-con nutcase to go see “The Manchurian Candidate.”

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