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When director Michael Moore made his first documentary, Roger & Me, he had little more than a microphone, a $50,000 budget and a lot of anger about the U.S. economy. After tackling the issue of gun violence in the U.S. (Bowling for Columbine), the politics of September 11th (Farenheit 911), and the flaws of our health care system (Sicko), Michael Moore is returning to his roots with Capitalism: A Love Story. The film blames our current recession on capitalism gone awry, controlled by big business and political special interests.
And it may be the left-wing provocateur’s last documentary.
In an interview at the Toronto Film Festival, Moore confessed that he was fed up with making documentaries that failed to have the desired political impact.
"I've been having to sort of knock my head against the wall here for 20 years saying these things," said the filmmaker. "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?"
For now, Moore plans on turning his attention to fictional films (he's made one, the 1995 John Candy comedy Canadian Bacon), but he expressed hope that his style of documentary would live on: "I think people will be maybe somewhat disappointed because there's so many things we need to deal with right now, and they wish I would make a film about it. But I want other people to make those films."