Is Donald Trump In 'Michael Moore In TrumpLand'? The Election Inspired A Film
You have to give left-wing filmmaker and documentarian Michael Moore this much — he does have a sense of the moment. Which is why, with just weeks left before the 2016 presidential election on Nov. 8, he's got a brand new film in theaters, showing the controversial Oscar-winner taking a one-man show straight into the heart of America's Trump-loving enclaves. But will viewers see the man himself? Is Donald Trump in Michael Moore in TrumpLand?
The answer, in the literal sense, is yes. According to the cast credits for Moore's latest film — which was filmed and cut together in just 11 days in October, according to The New York Times — Trump does appear, although not by way of interview. Rather, he's shown through archival footage. Needless to say, Trump probably wouldn't make a point to appear in one of Moore's films just weeks out from an election, as averse and sensitive to scrutiny and criticism as he is.
Even a brief glimpse back through Moore's filmography makes it very plain that he's enjoyed skewering and exposing right-wing politicos, policies, and societal impulses for decades, and that's probably not the sort of attention Trump is looking for right now. That said, however, you will indeed see Trump's face splashed across the screen, just like you have so many times throughout this election season.
But the movie is, by all accounts, not truly about Trump, so much as the voters he's successfully wooed, and the merits of his opponent. It was released to the public on Oct. 21, and so far it's received generally positive marks, both hailed as a movie that won't aggressively alienate Trump supporters in the final days of his contentious and increasingly ugly campaign, and one that nonetheless makes a potent, affirmative case for Hillary Clinton as president. If true, that's a pretty impressive needle-threading.
For the record, Moore is currently a Clinton supporter, although he supported Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primaries. In a blog published following the Republican National Convention, Moore claimed that he planned never to vote for Clinton due to her vote authorizing the Iraq war, but has now broken that promise to prevent "a proto-fascist" from rising to power.
If you're interested in seeing the film, but you haven't seen it screening in any of your local theaters, you're in luck, because this isn't a conventional theatrical release. Likely due to the imminent nature of the election, Moore's latest was released for online viewing in very short order, and you can purchase it on iTunes if you so desire.