hours collapse into less than 2 minutes as a movie audience files
into its seats, watches "Bowling for Columbine" and
proceeds to completely dismantle the theater.
play Bowling for Schauburg
in a local movie theater in the sleepy town of Bremen, Germany, the
video documents a crowd that seems to have gone berserk. After patiently
watching Michael Moore’s documentary on the nature of violence
in the United States – here shown only as close-up snippets
of the German subtitles – the crowd soon goes into a fever pitch
as the credits roll. They operate in a controlled frenzy, methodically
but frantically unbolting and carrying away the very seats they have
The sound of whirling ratchets and cranking wrenches blends with
the rising den of the crowd, which echoes toward an eerie near silence.
Eventually the accelerated actions of the crowd leave the theater
empty -- a void in the wake of the sentiment that spilled from the
screen into reality.