[Marxism] [com-news] Michael Moore's 9/11 wns Palme d'Or at Cannes film meet

Fred Feldman ffeldman at bellatlantic.net
Sat May 22 13:20:36 MDT 2004


 
Maybe he'll get away with the movie, but they're going to be out to get
him for saying "merci" to the audience.
Fred Feldman
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http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-052204cannes_wr,1,53949
81.story?coll=la-home-headlines'Fahrenheit 9/11' Takes Top Award at
Cannes
Michael Moore's controversial film is the first documentary to win the
Palme d'Or since 1956.
>From The Associated Press

11:58 AM PDT, May 22, 2004

CANNES, France - American filmmaker Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11," a
scathing indictment of White House actions after the Sept. 11 attacks,
won the top prize Saturday at the Cannes Film Festival.

"Fahrenheit 9/11" was the first documentary to win Cannes' prestigious
Palme d'Or since Jacques Cousteau's "The Silent World" in 1956.

"What have you done? I'm completely overwhelmed by this. Merci," Moore
said after getting a standing ovation from the Cannes crowd.

"Fahrenheit 9/11" won the top award from sharply divided Cannes
moviegoers, who found a solid crop of good movies among the 19 entries
in the festival's main competition but no great ones that rose to
front-runner status.

While "Fahrenheit 9/11" was well-received by Cannes audiences, many
critics felt it was inferior to Moore's Academy Award-winning
documentary "Bowling for Columbine," which earned him a special prize at
Cannes in 2002.

Some critics speculated that if "Fahrenheit 9/11" won the top prize, it
would be more for the film's politics than its cinematic value.

With Moore's customary blend of humor and horror, "Fahrenheit 9/11"
accuses the Bush camp of stealing the 2000 election, overlooking
terrorism warnings before Sept. 11 and fanning fears of more attacks to
secure Americans' support for the Iraq war.

Moore appears on-screen far less in "Fahrenheit 9/11" than in "Bowling
for Columbine" or his other documentaries. The film relies largely on
interviews, footage of U.S. soldiers and war victims in Iraq, and
archival footage of Bush.



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