“It can fairly be said that the chain of catastrophic bets made over the last decade by a few hundred bankers may well turn out to be the greatest nonviolent crime against humanity in history,” writes Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter in the current issue. “They’ve brought the world’s economy to its knees, lost tens of millions of people their jobs and their homes, and they could drive an estimated 200 million people worldwide into dire poverty. In other words, never before has so few done so much to so many.”

And it’s all manifested within the last six or seven month. It’s huge, staggering. But where is the rage? Everyone I know just gets grim-faced when the subject comes up and says, “This is bad, I’m worried” and so on. What this crisis needs is a cathartic documentary that will lay it all out in man-on-the-street terms and hoist those bastard bankers on tall iron spears. Which is why I’m very excited about Michael Moore‘s forthcoming documentary about this. It’s obviously made to order for the guy, who — give credit where due — is a brilliant muckraker when so inspired.

Variety announced today that Moore’s untitled doc will open on 10.2.09. Which means, of course, he’l be taking it to the Toronto Film Festival. Overture Films and Paramount Vantage are the film’s co-financers and distributors.