Bowling For Columbine

1420 Words6 Pages
Bowling For Columbine Essay Michael Moore’s Bowling for Columbine was the winner of best documentary in 2003. It was made on a budget of 4.3 million dollars and turned over a worldwide profit of 58 million dollars. The film sees Michael Moore investigate America's obsession with guns, and the gun culture, in his own unique fashion using the Columbine Massacre as a back drop. The target audience is mainly in the age range of 15 to 25 year olds which are statistically most likely to go to the cinema and watch the film and people who are genuinely concerned about the issue of gun ownership in America. It is also aimed mainly at an American audience as all of the events which are discussed are in America. The purpose of the film was to make a profit, entertain, to encourage people to think more about gun control in America and show people they can make a difference. The genre is documentary and through the 3 documentary modes, expository, observational and interactive, Moore is able to manipulate peoples representations to justify the issues and themes put across in the film. Moore deliberately chooses to use film as his medium because it is widely accessible and uses audio and visual codes to serve his purposes. A variety of tones are used in the film which Moore uses when appropriate such as comic but also uses a more earnest tone when discussing more moving events in the film. In this essay I will show how the representations in Bowling for Columbine are constructed through language to serve the institutions and their purposes. I will be looking closely at the representations of Michael Moore himself, the American media and the gun lobby of America. Throughout the film Moore represents himself in 3 main different ways which sometimes contradict one another. The first representation he creates is that he is an “ordinary guy”. He does this
Open Document