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Too much political sizzle in 'Bacon' film?


Too bad Michael Moore didn't bring his camera crew to Cannes recently.

Wandering along the Croisette, observing all the wonderful nonsense, he might have made a documentary to rival "Roger & Me," his smart 1989 satire of the devastation visited on his hometown of Flint, Mich., when General Motors head Roger Smith shut down the auto factories.

Mr. Moore was in Cannes for the film festival and the world premiere of his first feature film, "Canadian Bacon," which stars the late John Candy. The $10 million "Canadian Bacon" was the source of a long battle between Mr. Moore and Propaganda Films, the PolyGram division that funded the film.

The problem, he said, was that Propaganda wanted the politics removed from a film that is essentially a political satire about an American president who cooks up warlike tensions between the United States and Canada to improve his standing in the polls.

Mr. Moore said 38 production companies turned down his script. Once he attached Candy and Alan Alda, PolyGram agreed to fund the film but has since decided not to distribute it through its MGM deal, Mr. Moore said. The film will go out in September through Gramercy Pictures instead.

"Charlie Chaplin made comedies about the politics of his time. Where are these films today? These are the films I want to make," he said. "It's difficult to pull off -- making people laugh and think at the same time. Hollywood seems to think those two things are incongruous."

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