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Moore's Movie Paper

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# 2) Statistic source:The montage continues (with martial music playing under Michael Moore’s voice-over.  Then he goes on to wonder about all the people in other countries—they go bowling, they listen to rock music, they watch violent movies, play violent video games, etc.  Now he really gets wound up.  Is it poverty?  Is it our Western tradition of clearing the land and destroying indigenous people?  But wait—look at other countries and the violence they have wrought.  Cut to Hitler as a graphic on the screen says, “Germans exterminate 12 million,” and “Japanese occupation of China,” and “French massacre in Algiers,” and “British slaughter in India.”  His voice-over: In spite of all ...view middle of the document...

”  Moore walks the street in Toronto.  His voice-over: I decided to go a neighborhood unannounced and see if this unlocked door thing was true.  We watch him approach and open three doors.  The last one he says, “No one locks their doors!”  He talks to another woman at her front door she isn’t afraid. Then he ends by talking to the man at the third house and apologizes for opening the door unannounced. 
  Video source: First image is from a film promoting the National Rifle Association.  A man dressed in an Army uniform full dress—says, “The National Rifle Association has produced a film which you are sure to find of great interest.  Let’s look at it. Then Michael Moore voice-over, against images of people at work in America.  It sounds like a typical “morning in America” spiel, but one of the images shows bombed out buildings as Michael Moore says, “and the President ordered the bombing of another country we couldn’t pronounce,” and then he refers to “the little town in Colorado two boys went bowling at six in the morning.”  Cut to the bowling and then to a cute “chick” in a bikini—as she holds up an M-16.  Dissolve to the Statue of Liberty.  Moore’s voice-over: It was a typical day in the United States of America.

# 3) The lack of extrinsic ethos feeds into Moore’s intrinsic ethos. Michael Moore grew up in Flint Michigan. His appearance is a comfortable and humble look. He sports blue jeans, regular t-shirts and different colored sweatshirts. His beard is a bit unkempt, wiry and unruly. His hair is sloppily jutting out from beneath his baseball cap. Being fairly new to the movie scene, this plain manner of dress allowed him on average person, therefore, trustworthy. His manner of speaking seems to fit his image as well. His tone seem to be geared toward a broad audience.

# 4) Pathos is used extensively by both films. The appeal to emotions is very strong because emotions direct people and the way that people live their lives. Emotions are very powerful, and both movies try to appeal to our emotions to persuade us to their side of the argument. Moore appeals to the viewers emotions in the inauguration scene in the beginning of the movie. He shows the protestors at Bush's inauguration to incite anger into people over the fact that Bush was elected. He also does this later in the movie when he interviews troops in the hospital. He wants people to feel bad about the troops and therefore be against the war. He also interviews the mother of a fallen soldier to appeal to people's emotions. He wants to show the pain and anguish that the mother has now that her son was killed in Iraq. He appeals to our emotions because we don't want the pain and anguish of losing a loved one, so he wants us to oppose the war so that people will not have to suffer the pain that the mother shown
in the movie had.

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Michael Moore has very nearly become a household name in today’s politically charged society. I would even argue that one of the...

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