Magazine article The Nation

Roger and Me

Magazine article The Nation

Roger and Me

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Roger and Me

Michael Moore's Roger and Me, the movie America has been waiting for, opens at the end of December, bringing its tale of corporate rapacity and working-class pain to screens across the country, though not, as Moore notes, to Flint, Michigan, where it was shot. All the movie houses there have closed. Through a special arrangement with the film's distributor, Warner Brothers, Roger and Me will be shown as close to Flint as possible, at a multiplex three miles outside of town.

Given the rapturous welcome the film already has received at festivals (and also here in the October 30 issue), it's not surprising that some revisionist criticism has started to appear. You can't make a funny, angry, persuasive documentary about the depredations of capitalism and expect everyone just to smile.

The most recent focus of debate has been an article by Harlan Jacobson in the November/December issue of Film Comment, challenging Moore about how he selected and arranged the material in his film. …

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