George W. Bush documentary producers’ lawsuit vs. Google: ‘The World According to Bush’
The French movie production company Flach Film has taken legal action against Google for making freely available William Karel’s 2004 European Film Award-nominated documentary The World According to Bush / Le Monde selon Bush. (Image: The World According to Bush‘s George W. Bush Pinocchio nose.)
At a Paris commercial court today, November 23, 2006, Flach Film issued a writ against the U.S.-based Internet search engine giant and its French subsidiary, Google France, for copyright infringement.
‘The World According to Bush’: The French ‘Fahrenheit 9/11’ of sorts
Based on Eric Laurent’s bestseller La guerre des Bush : Les secrets inavouables d’un conflit (“The Bushes’ War: The Shameful Secrets of a Conflict”), and co-written by Laurent and director William Karel, The World According to Bush focuses on U.S. president George W. Bush’s Iraq War, which followed his father George Bush’s own Iraq War a dozen years earlier. Treading on territory similar to that of Michael Moore’s Palme d’Or-winning Fahrenheit 9/11, The World According to Bush discusses the ties connecting the Bush and Bin Laden families.
Before the opening credits of The World According to Bush, Norman Mailer says:
“We have the worst president in U.S. history. He’s arrogant. He’s stupid in all ways but one: He’s immensely shrewd about the American people, particularly the less intelligent half of America – they’re very happy with him because they realize how stupid he is and they say to themselves, ‘If that stupid guy can be president, so can I.'”
If Mailer is right, then that’s a whole lot of “less intelligent” Americans. In 2004, George W. Bush was reelected with 62 million votes.
In the Parisian daily Le Monde, Jean-Luc Douin declared in his The World According to Bush review: “If Michael Moore deserves one Palme d’Or, William Karel deserves three of them.”
Picture of The World According to Bush‘s George W. Bush Pinocchio nose: Flach Film.