Michael Moore Brings "Capitalism" to San Francisco

Filmmaker hopes public leaves theater asking for "pitchforks & torches"

By Janette Williams
|  Friday, Sep 18, 2009  |  Updated 10:45 AM PDT
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The capitalism criticism train has come to town. Controversial filmmaker Michael Moore brought his new film, "Capitalism: A Love Story" to San Francisco Thursday night. 

The film debuted successfully at Cannes, then at the Venice Film Festival. “Capitalism” won rave reviews at a press showing. Variety called it one of Moore's "best pics." Top critics say it’s bound to do better than his 2007 film "SiCKO," a take on the health care system.

Moore says he wanted to look at the influence of the corporate world on everyday people trying to earn a living, save money and buy a house. As for who started the global meltdown, he says, don’t get him started.

"I don’t think it’s really a mystery who’s behind this financial collapse." Moore says. "There’s been a lot of anger directed at the banks and financial institutions that hijacked our economy and gambled it away. And at the politicians who allowed it to happen."

Production on the film actually started in spring 2008 -- before the recession’s effects exploded across the world. Moore said he had the idea back in 1989 when “Roger & Me” debuted.Moore told NBC Bay Area that he hopes viewers leave the theater, “asking where the pitchforks and torches are.”

He came to San Francisco's Financial District because Wells Fargo is headquartered in the City and Bank of America was founded here and both play a part in the film.

Moore hopes the film will inspire people to participate in the democratic system. While making this movie, he found 14,000 jobs being lost every day.

"Capitalism: A Love Story" opens in theaters Oct. 2.

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