ROGER AND ME

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Showings

Chauncey -Theater 2 Tue, Feb 25 6:00 PM
Series Info
Series:Bijou Film Forum
Film Info
Rating:R
Runtime:91 minutes
Director:Michael Moore
Year Released:1989
Production Country:US
Language:English
Trailer:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOwXkstRaBw

Description

Presented by the Bijou Film Board, and as part of Bijou's Film Forum program.
FREE for UI students (present student ID at box office) and $7.00 for the general public!

"Where Moore makes his mark is basically where he shuts up and, like a good documentarian ought to, lets the subjects to the talking." - Washington Post

"Moore's brand of slapstick reportage strikes the perfect balance between irony and sincerity; it's slyly deadpan and committed, democrating and kingly all at once." - Washington Post

"The film itself remains a hard kick in the head--a funny, angry inquiry into what the hell happened to the American Dream." - The Dissolve

Michael Moore's wickedly iconoclastic documentary was inspired by the decline and fall of Flint, Michigan. Once the site of a thriving General Motors plant, Flint went quickly to seed when GM decided to close down and move out. As Moore pokes around what has been described by one magazine as "the worst place to live in America", he finds out how the local populace is coping with GM's betrayal of the American Dream. Among those visited are a family who is evicted just before Christmas, and an enterprising middle-aged woman who set up a thriving business slaughtering and skinning rabbits. Never feigning objectivity, Moore contrasts the impact of the shutdown on the average Joes and Janes with the diffident reaction of Flint's power elite. The latter's patronizing attitude towards the unemployed multitudes is succinctly captured in the scenes in which visiting celebrities Robert Schuller, Anita Bryant, Bobby Vinton and Pat Boone exhort the citizenry to grin and bear it. Even more out of synch is "Miss Michigan" Kaye Lani Rae Rafko, who in her morale-boosting speech to the disenfranchised GM employees begs them to pull for her in the upcoming Miss America pageant! The film's throughline is Moore's futile effort to locate GM chairman Roger Smith, so that he can show Moore first-hand the utter devastation of Flint.





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