Capitalism: A Love StoryDirector: Michael Moore
Cast: Michael Moore
Twenty years after his influential debut, Roger & Me, Michael Moore returns to his roots by pulling back the curtain on capitalism to reveal the insidious role it has played in the destruction of the American dream for many people. Back in 1989, auto workers in Flint, MI, were lamenting layoffs and wondering how they would support their families without jobs to pay the bills, or benefits to ensure their health. Flash forward two decades, when cities all across the country are feeling the same pressures that Flint residents were back when GM left them high and dry. With an average of 14,000 U.S. jobs lost every day and taxpayer money constantly being pumped into failing financial institutions, the question must be asked: how long can this go on before the entire system collapses? Is there really any hope for Americans who are losing their homes to foreclosure and seeing their savings get wiped out at an unprecedented rate? In order to seek out an answer to this question and many more, Moore takes a trip to our nation's capitol, engaging average Americans in conversations about the prospect of repairing America's failing, debt-ridden economy along the way.
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|Jeff Gibbs||Score Composer|
|Kathleen Glynn||Executive Producer|
|Francisco Latorre||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Tanya Ager Meillier||Editor|
|Mark Roy||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Hilary Stewart||Executive Producer,Sound/Sound Designer|
|Eric Weinrib||Associate Producer|
|Bob Weinstein||Executive Producer|
|Harvey Weinstein||Executive Producer|
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Michael Moore is a national treasure. Those who have the guts to stand up and clearly and convincingly speak truth to power should be listened to and celebrated. For over 20 years Michael Moore has been doing just that, and in CAPITALISM: A LOVE STORY he takes on his biggest, most powerful subject yet - the crippling inequities of our entire economic/political system. In ROGER & ME, BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE, FAHRENHEIT 9/11, SICKO, and now CAPITALISM: A LOVE STORY, Moore has explored subjects that strike at the heart of who we are as a country, using the documentary form in an entertaining and often heartbreaking fashion. Though rarely able to refute the facts or substance of his work, his detractors have vilified him, accusing him of being a self-aggrandizing, partisan buffoon. But while Michael Moore is always the conscience-driven guide through his films, the films are not about him. They're about us. In CAPTALISM he takes an unblinking look at how our economic system is completely and utterly rigged to fail and exploit the majority of the people while further enriching the already wealthy. Moore contends that the roots of our contemporary economic malaise reach back to our cowboy/corporate shill of a President, Ronald Reagan. The most recent result is the billions and billions of your tax dollars handed over to greedy failed banks and insurance companies by unelected government officials who ignored a Congressional vote against those very bailouts. Of course, these are the same figures (Hank Paulson, et al.) who once fed like pigs at the trough of those corrupt financial institutions and who are currently making economic policy (Geithner, Summers) in the Obama administration. If Michael Moore was a dry, academic documentarian rather than the populist provocateur he is, no one would pay much attention to what he had to say. It's his ability as a filmmaker to show us the human element behind the nightmare that makes him so effective. It's also what has turned him into a nemesis of both the rich and powerful whose obscene practices he exposes and the average Americans exploited by fear into believing those commanding forces have their best interests at heart. But Moore is never all about the negative. Showing us successful examples of populist empowerment (employee-run companies, neighbors defying banks to keep people in their homes), he is saying there is an alternative. And as a filmmaker, he keeps us totally involved on an emotional and intellectual level for the 2-plus hour running time of his movie. In the end, Moore's thesis is simple. We live in a democratic political system in which the people are supposed to decide their fate. But we also live under a capitalist economic system in which wealth decides people's fates. In 21st century America, capitalism has crushed democracy. and it's time to take our country back!
It is all true. I am a victim of the first stock market crash of 1929. My grandfather got out his gun and knife to keep his tent intact. My mother saw this and brought this cynicism and depression to me. Now I call myself extremely abused because she was in a rage 98% of the time. I could blame her for my many years of pain and aloneness, but that has gotten me no where. what could she do? She was a victim herself. My grandfather was a victim. And who are the greedy Wall Streeters the victims of? The fear of death. There are hundreds of books on the market trying to tell people that death is an illusion. Time is an illusion. Solidity is an illusion. Do we blame the physicists for not telling us? Or did the greedy corporations get a hold of this information and lobby to keep it down? Even so, IF THE GREEDY CORPORATIONS KNEW THAT DEATH IS AN ILLUSION, THEN THEY WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN GREEDY OR SO FEARFUL THAT THEY HAVE TO START WARS TO SHOW THEIR MIGHT. Read the books HANDS OF LIGHT written by the former NASA physicist Barbara Brennan. Then read the book WHERE DID THE TOWERS GO? written by Judy Wood B.S., M.S., Ph.D.
Honest truth, and can happen to anyone who is not part of running the former White House. Thank-you Michael Moore for the truth! I keep getting emails, to purchase homes for less than $10,000.00 in the United States of America and I live in Canada. Try to figure that one out. Yes, some Canadians have jumped on board and see their real estate on the news for another shooting has taken place across from their new property that they purchased.
Thank God for Michael Moore and for Current TV which has been airing this important movie for the past several weeks. This film should be required viewing in every high school in the United States. This eye-opener takes the pieces of our broken democracy and creates a mosaic to show us how far we have fallen as a Nation. I grew up in the 70's in the midwest. I experienced first-hand and truly believed in the American Dream. Unfortunately, I and the rest of the 99% have been struggling our entire adult lives against the Evil Empire that is Wall Street and the Banks. The dream has been moved out of reach and we are just now beginning to wake up to this alarming realization. It is not a level playing field -- a fact that must change or the American Dream will be gone forever. Michael Moore, for his gutsy and determined effort to expose the truth, is my hero and is, indeed, a national treasure.
amazing to believe it could happen in america. god forbid that it happens here in Australia too
Anybody who makes this much money off of a movie stating that capitalism is evil is an obvious joke.