Michael Moore was in town last night, unveiling the U.S. premiere of his new film, Capitalism: A Love Story. But if you missed it, you may get another chance at a sneak preview: After the screening, Moore told the audience that he was planning to come back to Pittsburgh next week "and project this film on the building the G-20 is being held in."
Actually, I'm not sure that's going to happen. Given the security precautions, I don't know how Moore is going to get close enough to convention center. And the building doesn't have that many flat surfaces anyway.
But of course, previewing the movie for the G-20 would be exactly the kind of party-crashing stunt Moore has made a career out of. (Old heads out there may recall, for example, the appearance of "Crackers, the Corporate Crime-fighting Chicken" in Market Square during Moore's short-lived TV series.) His American premiere of the film -- tied to the AFL-CIO national convention being held here -- began with a protest march from the David L. Lawrence Convention Center to the Byham Theater.
With Moore in the lead, flanked by members of a nurse's union, several hundred protesters marched down the center of Penn Avenue in support of federal single-payer health care. Drivers waited patiently -- at least one guy jumped out of his car to take a cell-phone snapshot -- while marchers chanted slogans like "Hey hey, ho ho, insurance companies have got to go!" I've already seen some TV news dispatches trying to amp up the "OMG the G-20 is a week away and already they are disrupting traffic!" angle. But trust me: No one was thinking about breaking any windows.
At the theater, Moore accepted a "Six in the City" Steelers T-shirt, and then wryly noted that Pittsburgh had the Steelers, whereas his hometown had the hapless Detroit Lions.
"No justice, no peace!" he cried.
As for the movie itself ... we'll have a full-length review when it's released to theaters. (Currently, that's slated for Oct. 2.)
An original version of this blog post had some of my initial thoughts about this film, but apparently there's concern that this could constitute a premature review that might be a problem for the film companies. So in deference to the perogatives of capitalism, I have pulled that material down.