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'Celsius 41.11': A View From the Right

By Desson Thomson
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, October 22, 2004; Page WE37

Look what Michael Moore hath wrought. Thanks to the unprecedented success of his Bush-bashing "Fahrenheit 9/11," the political right has mobilized into moviemaking cells of their own, rushing pro-Bush quickies into production. This one's produced by David N. Bossie, who is president of the conservative group Citizens United, a former Whitewater investigator, and author of "The Many Faces of John Kerry: Why This Massachusetts Liberal Is Wrong for America." He also wrote "Intelligence Failure: How Clinton's National Security Policy Set the Stage for 9/11." Not surprisingly, the film attempts to do to Moore and Sen. John Kerry what "Fahrenheit 9/11" did to the president.

With pointed commentary from such right-wing figures as Charles Krauthammer, Fred Barnes, Bill Sammon and Michael Medved, it attacks Kerry's voting record and his "flip-flopping" positions on matters of national security and the war on Iraq. It also attempts to refute widespread belief that the Supreme Court gave the last election to Bush, that African Americans were disenfranchised in the Florida election and that Saddam Hussein had no plans to create weapons of mass destruction.

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Just like Moore's film, the spleen factor could poison small children, and the film (its full title: "Celsius 41.11 -- The Temperature at Which the Brain Begins to Die") obviously preaches to its own. But there are some very thought-provoking points, and the movie deserves a balanced listening-to.

CELSIUS 41.11 (R, 72 minutes) --Contains footage of the 9/11 attacks and other acts of terrorism. At Loews Rio, Cineplex Odeon Shirlington and Cineplex Odeon Wisconsin Avenue.

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