The real trailer for Michael Moore's Capitalism: A Love Story is finally out after an early tease that was more joke than preview. The trailer comes off pretty much as you'd expect, with Moore attempting a citizen's arrest of the AIG Board of Directors and addressing embarrassing questions to the financial powers that be. In between we get snippets about the human fallout from all the high-flying financial speculation. Overall, it seems to be pretty much the same type kind the comic expose of profiteering and exploitation that he's been doing since Roger and Me (1989). The trick, of course, is that like Sacha Baron Cohen, he's become so well-known by now that it's getting harder and harder for him to effectively ambush his targets.
Moore acknowledged the difficulty in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, explaining that he had to be "extremely dodgy" in dealing with these corporate guys. During the early stages of making the documentary, he was publicly describing the project as a follow-up to Fahrenheit 9/11, with a more political than financial focus. In fact, he says, that was just a cover story. He intended it to be about the financial system all along, even though they started filming before the real crisis hit. The dramatic collapse at the end of last year just brought his targets into much sharper focus. Posted 08.21.09 by reelz