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Manufacturing Dissent
Manufacturing Dissent
Actor: Dave Barber; Peter Bart
Director: Debbie Melnyk and Rick Caine
Genres: Special Interests, Documentary
NR     2007     1hr 37min

Uncovering Michael Moore — In the realm of documentary filmmaking there is no greater icon than Michael Moore, but are his films really the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth — At what point does the manipulati...  more »


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Actor: Dave Barber; Peter Bart
Director: Debbie Melnyk and Rick Caine
Genres: Special Interests, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Special Interests, Documentary
Studio: Liberation Entertainment/Starz Home Entertainment
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen
DVD Release Date: 11/06/2007
Release Year: 2007
Run Time: 1hr 37min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Member Movie Reviews

William F. (furmage) from APPLE VALLEY, CA
Reviewed on 8/26/2012...
Good viewing, I liked it, It just goes to show that Michael Moore Is the Man at making a documentary, The DVD also shows all the hacks that can't begin to compete with Moore, so they whine about him. The one's who made the DVD also try and be-little Michael's work and what he does, but you just don't buy into their BS.

LOL, Keep up the GOOD WORK Michael Moore.
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Movie Reviews

Legitimate Criticism
Argus Human Rights | Denver, CO United States | 10/06/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I agree with most of Michael Moore's politics and appreciate that he has helped bring many vital issues into the mainstream. He's done a ton to raise awareness. That said I also think the film "Manufacturing Dissent" is fair and has very legitimate criticisms of Moore's tactics. I would hope that Michael Moore would welcome the criticism. Many people will undoubtedly have a strong opinion about this film without watching it just as most conservatives have very strong opinions about Moore without ever having watched his films (Like the previous reviewer "Bob K" who thinks this is actually a Michael Moore film). I say it is wiser to keep silent until you can speak intelligently on a subject.

The one thing the film is lacking is context. Moore is popular because the mainstream media feeds off highly polarized simplistic politics. So to talk about Michael Moore with out talking about the mainstream media and its manufactured culture is like making a film about a football player without mentioning the football game.

Watch this film but also watch Michael Moore's films. For all the criticisms, Moore's films are worth watching but with the understanding he sometimes plays tricks to make his point. Even knowing about his tricks I still believe that most his points are valid."
Interesting angle on Moore but mediocre Documentary
Mary Volino | Planet Earth | 10/25/2007
(2 out of 5 stars)

"First see all of Michael Moores Documentary's...(including BLOOD IN THE FACE and PETS OR MEAT) - then watch both of Moore's TV show Box sets.
Then watch this.
It will make more sense - since this film is not put together very well...but should be seen simply because someone who has had such an impact on modern film - as MM has - should have their tactics examined.
I think it's important to recognize that, for better or worse - the onslaught of Documentaries in recent years would have never gotten made or released or accepted if it werent for MM... (including this one).
He made the modern documentary appealing to the average person.
Also: Moore is a comedian - he makes very funny movies about very serious subjects. An overwhelming majority of comedians utilize social commentary in their acts. So why not a documentarist? If you want to look at Moore - you need to keep in mind that his style is directly linked to Will Rogers and Mark Twain. Is he 100% truthful? I'd say I believe undoubtedly that he believes in the points he makes. I would also say he does in editing what an Attorney does when presenting a case. Moore always makes a good case and always makes us laugh. This is something this documentary didn't understand.
A Fair Critique of Moore
A. Madison | Colorado Springs, CO | 11/27/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"First off, I am very sympathetic to Michael Moore's ideas. I would love to see more gun control in the US, the Iraq war come to an end, and health care for everyone. I enjoy his movies for their entertainment value and because they champion causes I believe in. His methods, however, are disturbing. How can you trust anything the guy says knowing the following: The premise of "Roger & Me" was Moore's quest and ultimate failure to get an interview with Roger Smith. Turns out he did interview Roger Smith but decided to cover it up since it didn't make for a compelling movie.

Manufacturing Dissent is a fair documentary. The interviews are with people from both sides. Some love Michael Moore, some hate him. But the important thing is that a lot of the people interviewed worked with Michael Moore. The movie reveals that Moore is not necessarily in search of the truth, just in search of a way to validate things he already believes to be true. This movie is great for anyone who values intellectual honesty.

See Manufacturing Dissent for its content, because its production quality will not impress."