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question of the day: Should Michael Moore stop making documentaries?

My critical colleague and fellow member of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists Jennifer Merin asks an intriguing question at About.com: Documentaries:

Should Michael Moore stop making documentaries?

Michael Moore’s new documentary, Capitalism: A Love Story, may be his last. Or so suggests CNN.com’s Matt Carey, who questioned Moore about an interview in which the filmmaker said that in the future he may focus his storytelling skills on fiction feature films instead of documetaries.

“I’m asking my fellow Americans to join with me to be involved in our democracy. But if people are just going to sit on the bench and just watch everything happen and wait for a Michael Moore or somebody else to do it, I’m not gonna do that anymore. So it’s really going to be up to the audience whether I make any more of these documentaries,” Moore told Carey in Beverly Hills, at the U.S. premiere of Moore’s Capitalism: A Love Story.

Ah, see, the question isn’t “Should Michael Moore stop making documentaries because he’s a pompous, lying bastard propagandist?” as some people seem to feel is the best description that applies to Moore, but “Should Michael Moore stop making documentaries because no one is paying attention to him anyway and so nothing will ever change for the better in spite of his best efforts?”

But you can take the question however you like.

(I haven’t seen Capitalism yet; don’t expect a review here till early October, after I return from England.)

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