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Bowling for Columbine

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Transcript of Bowling for Columbine

The Film
Micheal Moore, director, born and raised in Flint Michigan &Member of the NRA
"If more guns make people safer, than America would be one of the safest countries in the world. It isn't. It's the opposite.".
Film Background
Directed by: Michael Moore
Release Date: 15 November 2002
Filmed in USA, Germany, and Canada
Rated R
the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, the Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary Feature, a special 55th Anniversary Prize at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival,and the César Award for Best Foreign Film,The film was nominated for the prestigious Grand Prix of the Belgian Syndicate of Cinema Critics.In 2005, Bowling for Columbine was voted the third most popular film in the British Channel 4 program The 50 Greatest Documentaries of all time.

Budget:$4 million
Box office: $58,008,423

The Summary
In Bowling For Columbine, Filmmaker Michael Moore sets out to find the causes and background of the 1999 Columbine High School Massacre that killed 15 people and injured 24 others, as well as other acts of violence that involved guns. With the United States being the country with the highest gun-related killings, Moore documents how that has happened with how easy it is to acquire weapons, interviewing people about their opinions on gun control and violence with guns, and how American culture has been affected by weapons and violence.
Logos, Ethos, Pathos
: Different interviews throughout the movie to show all sides arguments and their logic; challenges people and basic beliefs on gun violence; retorts common beliefs on causes of gun violence.
: Moore is a part of the NRA, has won multiple gun awards, unbiased in his arguments; invites people to open their eyes on whats happening in America; gets opinions from both sides.
: shows Columbine hallways; shows very emotional interviews, NRA interviews; leaves picture of Buell victim at NRA president's house.
Cinematic Technique
War and vintage footage-
Moore used videos ranging from commercials of old gun toys to presidential addresses.
Moore used music to establish a tone for a scene, and to ridicule.
He created connections between two subjects.
Straight cuts-
He did this a few times to draw a connection between tragedies and the NRA.
Satirical humor-
Moore used this to ridicule.
Interviews (or lack of)-
Moore used these to establish ethos.
Intertextuality -
The use of an outside text to give the subject more meaning.
Purpose &Argument
Links guns to tragedy
How American culture relates to abuse of weapons and violence
Moore is interested in finding why gun violence in America occurs
: Fear and violence have led to the American culture of crime and to American gun and other weapon abuse
Bowling for Columbine (Bowling for truth)
Director's Attitude
Micheal Moore is for gun control. Its the abuse by people he's against.
Argument Structure
Essay format
Investigates different tragedies
Invests in wanting to know why America is such a violent society
Analyzes gun violence
Finds connection between media filling Americans with fear and high gun murder rates
Analyzing gun violence and its relation to ethnicity
Investigates the relationship between gun violence and peoples' socioeconomic conditions
Asks why we promote and ignore behavior that promotes violence and crime
-"Bowling For Truth." Bowling For Truth RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Nov. 2014.
-"Bowling for Columbine." IMDb. IMDb.com, n.d. Web. 02 Nov. 2014.

Schools referenced:
Columbine high school shooting, CO 1999
Buell elementary school shooting, 2000(youngest school shooting)
9/11 occurred the year prior to the release of the film
Bombings of Kosovo in 1999
Much more

Americans concerned for their safety
Americans concerned about violence but don't know it's origins/causes
using guns and violence
to protect themselves from
guns and violence
Appeals Video
Cinematic Technique Example
Assertions Made
The NRA is a disrespectful group
Americans are kept in a constant cycle of fear by media
Canada, although faced with some of the same adversities as America, is not suffering from violence like America is BECAUSE>>>>>
Validity of Argument
Moore's argument seems valid at first, but with deeper digging, holes in the credibility of his arguments are found.
Everyone watching is fully aware of all the details of the Columbine Shooting and other occurrences of gun linked violence.
People make stereotypical assumptions about the reasons behind gun violence... You cant blame the machine but we need to blame the ignorance of people.
Language and Narration
"Are we a nation of gun nuts or are we a nation of gun nuts?"
Harsher words towards opposed subjects & more gentle words towards sensitive subjects
Moore narrates-gives heartfelt opinions and insights
Elaborates his views well
Compares/connects serious events with general issues

He refutes the arguments of people against gun control and then shows the interview with the president of the NRA, Charlton Heston.
Moore ridicules the structure of American society and some American beliefs.
Moore constantly uses ethos to his benefit.
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