Analysis of Michael Moore’s Treatment of His Subject Matter within the Documentaries Bowling for Columbine and Fahrenheit 911

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Analysis of Michael Moore’s Treatment of His Subject Matter within the Documentaries Bowling for Columbine and Fahrenheit 911 “A documentary may be as a film or television or radio programme that provides factual information about a subject. Typically, a documentary is a journalistic record of events presented on screen.” The main conventions of documentaries tend to be that the documentary has voice-over commentary; the main focus is on the issues rather than relationships between characters, they also build up the setting so the viewer can build up a context. Documentaries do not leave on cliff hangers, they usually end with a conclusion or final interpretation to provoke thought on the issue…show more content…
Editing can cause a bias to a subject matter; therefore the objectivity of a documentary may be lost. An example of this is Michael Moore’s apparent dislike of George Bush’s “administration and his particular disgruntlement at the US for its invasion of Iraq.” Winston says ‘The line between documentary and fiction is tenuous. Both are create by edititing and selection. Both, willingly, or unwillingly, embody a viewpoint.’ MICHAEL MOORE Born: 23/04/1954 Birth Place: Flint, Michigan Michael Moore, America’s most populist commentator. Moore has a passion to throw himself into major issues, in hope to enervate public opinion. He ‘believes in the common man’s stand against the State.’ Michael was born in Flint, where his first political views arose and grew. A General Motors car plant employed his father and Grandfather, unfortunately the plant relocated to Mexico where because of cheaper labour therefore many men lost their jobs. This was the first of many issues that gave Moore the enthusiasm to get involved with presenting major issues to enervate the opinion of the public. Moore’s passion to present and “reveal corporate injustice and misdemeanour to the public began when he was an Eagle Scout and made a slide show exposing all the business that polluted Flint.” When Moore was eighteen he won a place on the Flint School

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