Bowling for Columbine Michael Moore Documentary

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Is it the bowling? It must be the Video games? Michael Moore’s award winning documentary; ‘Bowling for Columbine’ explores the reason for the violence in America and the reason for the Columbine High school mascara. In April 1999 two students Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold went on a shooting rampage killing 12 students and a teacher before committing suicide, Moore looks at the background in which the massacre took place and assumptions about related issues. Moore uses Bill Nichols’ four modes of representation; the interactive, expository, observational and reflexive to convey his viewpoint on gun control in America and the nature of violence in the United States of America.
Interactive mode is when the audience is able to acknowledge the
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By opening the movie with a picture of the NRA and a voice over it is setting a tone and conveying Moore’s strong viewpoint that the NRA are part to blame for the violence in Littleton and the Columbine Incident, it is also indicating the NRA is going to be something of a target in the film.
The next major use of expository mode is when Moore gives us a look into American history by showing a montage of different war and political images from 1953-2001. Typewriter font directly addresses the viewer and gives meaning to the images. For example a picture of a dead man has little meaning, but with the text 1965-1975: American Military kills’ 4 million people in Southeast Asia the viewer is able to make sense of the footage. Another documentary technique used is the use of non-diagetic music; a song by Joey Ramone ‘What a wonderful world’ adds to the mood of the scene. Ramone is singing about a wonderful world as audiences are viewing contrasting pictures of war and killing this creates a dramatic effect leaving the audience question ‘Is this a wonderful world, with all this killing?’ This emphasises Moores viewpoint on how American has been a society of fear for centuries.
Another effective voice over is after three and a
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