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NYFF ‘89: Roger & Me

 

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NYFF ‘89: Roger & Me

Michael Moore 1989
USA | Format: 35mm | 91 minutes

Director Michael Moore in person!

It may be “halftime in America,” but for the once prosperous GM town of Flint, Michigan, the game ended long ago. In his explosive—and explosively funny—debut feature, Michael Moore returns to Flint (where he grew up in better times) in the wake of massive layoffs at the local auto factories and surveys the damage with his signature mix of razor-sharp satire and profound compassion. His primary objective: to land an interview with elusive GM chairman Roger B. Smith. But along the way, Moore introduces us to an unforgettable cast of eccentric locals, including a woman who sells rabbits as “pets or meat” and Flint native son Bob “Newlywed Game” Eubanks. The first of Moore’s always prescient investigations of business-as-usual in America, Roger & Me feels as relevant in the “Occupy” era as it did 23 years ago.

“A phenomenal film debut... Moore fails to convince the chairman to visit Flint, but triumphantly succeeds in exploring the dark irony of a city where the Miss America parade shows the beauty queen waving at boarded-up storefronts and the homeless lining the streets.” —NYFF27 program note

“Mr. Moore makes no attempt to be fair. Playing fair is for college football. In social criticism, anything goes, as it goes triumphantly in Roger and Me.” —Vincent Canby, The New York Times

Series: 50 Years of the New York Film Festival

Venue: Walter Reade Theater

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