Friday, June 25, 2004Not My Proper Post About Fahrenheit 9/11
I went to the 2:45 matinee at Studio on the Square with a cluster of others from the Co-op and the production. I found it to be a pretty intense experience, and I have a lot I want to say about it, but I'm not going to be able to until later. First, because I'm still trying to digest it all, but mostly because tonight's our wrap party, so I've got other places to be for a while. (I also still have a post to write about day 16 of the production, which I haven't forgotten... I got a bit of a case of food poisoning last night, so blogging wasn't at the forefront of my mind.)
A few quick things, though:
The turnout was phenomenal, literally. I caught a discussion of political documentaries on the radio yesterday, and the question was asked: Will Fahrenheit 9/11 be the number one movie at the box office this weekend? The answer was no, it would be beaten by White Chicks, which is opening on roughly three times as many screens today. But I have to say, if the crowds at my cinema were any indication, Michael Moore's got a surprisingly good shot at the #1 slot. There were hundreds of people there for the 2:45 show; the noon show had sold out, as had the 7- and 9-o'clock shows when we entered. By the time we'd left, ALL the shows had sold out, including two for Sautrday. That's a staggering opening weekend for a documentary... I'd be confident in guessing that it's probably unprecedented. And there are two other theaters in town also showing it... I don't know what their crowds looked like (I'd guess not quite as overwhelming), but the simple fact that a doc feature sold out any screenings at all is incredible; I've never heard of anything like it. If there are several hundred angry liberals at just the 2:45 matinee screening at one theater here in Memphis, Tennessee, I can only imagine what the response will be on a national level.
I think I'll have to post on the film in two parts -- one dealing with my emotional response, and one dealing with my intellectual response. I also intend to see the film again sometime next week when I can watch it with a colder eye I'm sure over the next few days, weeks, and months, various conservatives will continue to decry the film, and will make assertions about falsehoods/manipulations/etc. We'll take those as they come, as we always do, and I'm sure I'll be revisiting the subject over the long haul.
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