Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11

Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11

How One Film Divided A Nation

Book - 2006
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In the heat of the 2004 presidential election campaign, no single work of speechmaking, writing, or media production fueled the fiery debate over George W. Bush's leadership as much as Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 . Certainly, no American documentary film ever provoked as much political controversy.

A noted film scholar now offers a much-needed appraisal of both the film and the furor surrounding it. Robert Brent Toplin first examines the development of Moore's ideas and the evolution of his filmmaking, then dissects Fahrenheit 9/1 1 and explores the many claims and disagreements about the movie's truthfulness. Toplin considers the ways in which Moore based his arguments on a diverse array of "primary sources," many of which had received scant attention in the mainstream media--including the notorious seven-minute "Pet Goat" video depicting President Bush--either deliberately calm or paralyzed--in a Florida classroom on being told of the 9/11 attacks. Finally, Toplin considers the movie's impact, noting that some enthusiasts of the film thought it would help Democrats in the 2004 elections while others argued that Moore's strident approach to issues would turn off swing voters and contribute to a Republican victory.

Critics lambasted Fahrenheit 9/11 , claiming Moore violated standards of documentary filmmaking through his excessive partisanship. They also berated him for taking events out of context and getting the facts wrong. Toplin contends that partisanship is a well-established tradition in documentary filmmaking, and he shows that the major disagreements between admirers and detractors of Fahrenheit 9/11 revolved around interpretation rather than the factual record. Michael Moore took some controversial risks, Toplin demonstrates, but on many large and small matters-from his treatment of the Bush administration's reactions to 9/11 and war--making in Iraq to disputes about the Saudi flights from the United States after 9/11--Moore raised many legitimate questions.

Toplin's engaging study shows that Michael Moore's film did more than shake up a nation; it also made an indelible contribution to the esteemed tradition of agenda-driven cinema. Especially in the light of how some of Moore's views have been given added weight by subsequent events, Toplin's book should encourage a new appreciation of Fahrenheit 9/11 and its impact.
Publisher: Lawrence : University Press of Kansas, c2006.
ISBN: 9780700614523
Branch Call Number: 791.4372
Characteristics: 161 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.


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Oct 01, 2015

In reviewing this film years later, in retrospect, Moore was fundamentally correct. We now know that Alfreda Bikowsky Silverstein at the CIA sat on information about the hijackers operating in the U.S. [some of whom were involved with the attacks on the US embassies in Africa and the USS Cole at Yemen], instead of passing it along to the FBI. [Wonder if Alfreda Bikowsky Silverstein was any relation to the owner of the Twin Towers, Larry Silverstein, who made a fortune from the insurance payouts for the terrorist destruction that day?????
We know that there is good evidence that at least two, perhaps more, of the 15 Saudi hijackers were with Saudi intelligence. We have a good idea as to why they still refuse to declassify 28 redacted pages of the 9/11 Commission Report. All of us should finally realize that George W. Bush never qualified as either an officer nor a pilot! And the question of where Dick Cheney's sudden wealth after 9/11/01 derived from? [$100 million????]


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