Michael Moore has made a controversial and successful career off directing documentaries that ask the tough questions. His latest film, Capitalism: A Love Story takes us back into the world of politics and corruption as only he knows how. With such success in the documentary genre of filmmaking, what’s keeping the director from crossing over into the world of the narrative? According to Yahoo, Capitalism may be his last reality based project.
While out promoting the film at the Toronto International Film Festival, Moore spoke about his long career and how he may need a change of pace.
“I’ve done this for 20 years. I started out by warning people about General Motors, and my whole career has been trying to say the emperor has no clothes here, and we better do something about it,” Moore said. “I’ve been having to sort of knock my head against the wall here for 20 years saying these things.”
The director went on to reference his last project Sicko, which was an investigation of healthcare in the U.S., as a major eye opener for him.
“Two years ago, I tried to get the health-care debate going, and it did eventually, and now where are we? We may not even have it. What am I supposed to do at a certain point?”
Even though his tone during this discussion was a bit glib, he neither confirmed or denied whether or not he’d make the shift to Hollywood filmmaking. He just voiced his frustration at the fact that the U.S. as a whole isn’t stepping up to help change some of these long standing issues.
“I am tired of feeling like I’m doing this alone. All through the eight years of Bush, you Google Michael Moore and Sean Penn and Ted Kennedy and a few others. The people have got to get involved in their democracy.”Bush’ and `nemesis’ and I’m the first name up. And there aren’t a whole lot of other names,” Moore said. “It doesn’t work with
Even though Michael Moore is known for his one-sided documentary style, we’re all aware of the atrocities that are happening behind the scenes within out government. What will he come up with next?
Do you think Moore should stop doing documentaries?