In this breakthrough film, which put the future Academy Award winner on the map, Moore takes up the case of his hometown, Flint, Michigan, a city sucker-punched by the American Dream. Rampant crime leads to prison over-crowding and Flint is forced to build a new jail facility. The question becomes: was it subject or style that appealed to people or both? Smith, we just came down from Flint where we filmed a family being evicted from their home the day before Christmas Eve. Smith clearly did not want to be interviewed by Moore and the film quickly reveals why. Smith: I cannot come to Flint, I'm sorry.
Over the course of the film, Moore attempts to track down Smith at the and the , only to be told either that Smith is not there or to leave by employees and security guards. Admit it, everybody takes their foot of the throttle, when they see a cop car with a rack, right? At one point, Flint, in an attempt to save itself, with a motif of what the city used to be. Forget Moore's way left leaning and Trump-hating for a while, and catch this little gem. Corporations, especially Corporate America, can not expect to wield total economic power over the livelihood of the world work force because that is what is best for the stockholder's profit margin. His look hasn't changed in 25 years, and neither have his ideas. .
President visits the town and suggests that the unemployed auto workers find work by moving across the country, though the restaurant he visits has its cash register stolen during the event off-camera. A former feminist radio host, Janet, joins as a saleswoman to find work. I hated the scene where a woman skins and kills a rabbit. Isn't it about time we start changing the basic structure of corporate America? The filmmaker also told the Associated Press that if he had managed to secure an interview with Smith during production, then suppressed the footage, General Motors would have publicized the information to discredit him. More or less, nobody knows what to do or what to say to the victims of the new economic order, so they fall back on platitudes and bromides.
During the course of the film, whether intentional or not, Moore seems to catch many people at their worst, of instance, Pat Boone, Bob Eubanks, Miss Michigan, Anita Bryant, and Christian fundamentalist - Robert Schuller. Robert Schuller, Steve Wilson, Michael Moore, and of course Roger Smith. The humanism of Moore's response is what makes it worth re-watching now. He also continues to explain how he fails in the magazine industry and returns home. From here, Moore begins to explore the emotional impact of the plant closings on some of his friends. In a of Smith, he is heard joking about his action with a fellow board member before leaving.
Moore also attends the General Motors annual 1988 Shareholders Convention, disguised as a shareholder himself. Some new release movies become unavailable for downloading for a limited time due to licensing restrictions. Roger and Me launched Michael Moore's career. There are even former auto workers working their parties as doormen. I wanted images you don't see on the six o'clock news. If applicable, we will notify you about this before processing your order.
We thought—we really believed, only 25 years ago—that the American Dream was not just a scam or a fantasy or a fluke for the fortunate, but a vision of freedom and prosperity to which every American citizen was entitled. The Bureau, in an effort to lure tourists into visiting Flint, permits the construction of a Hotel, a called Water Street Pavilion, and , hailed as the world's largest indoor theme park. I found the rich-people parties particularly poignant. If only Moore knew what was coming, I thought while re-watching. Moore shows it all with remorseless, scathing wit.
The company has always been a part of the city. Moore details how he travels to California and starts working in the magazine industry. I usually don't listen to commentaries since they distract me from viewing them. It's a real eye opener. But Moore's quest is easier said than done.
Moore begins seeking out Smith himself to confront him about the closing of the Flint plants. He interviews an auto worker named Ben Hamper who apparently suffered a nervous breakdown after being laid off on the assembly line and is currently staying at a mental health facility. Moore couldn't force Roger Smith to see the humanity behind the But he did force everybody else. If you find this to be a reasonable question, you won't find Roger and Me politically objectionable. These efforts fail, as the Hyatt soon files for bankruptcy, Water Street Pavilion sees most of its stores go out of business, and AutoWorld closes due to a lack of visitors just six months after the grand opening. The blood clinics are crammed with people who trade their plasma for a little money. Close readings of documentary film and video.