Medium Cool

1969

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IMDb Rating 7.4

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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by jakob13 7/10

The Criterion Collection has brought out a remastered, stunning 'MediumCool'. America's answer to 'Cinema Verite'. Haskell Wexler's film couldhave been made yesterday, given the conditions in the US today.Although the technology of filming has changed drastically. In fact,given the success of 'Tangerine', it is easy to envision 'Medium Cool'shot exclusively on a Smartphone. Gone are the 40 pound cameras, theheavy television cameras set up at conventions, the one way voice boxesand the like. As Marshall McCluhan, the high priest and theorist ofcommunication, posited: 'the medium is the message'. And Wexler tookthis guru's words to heart. We're in Chicago on the eve and during theinfamous 1968 Democratic Convention. The story is half fiction halfcinema truth, of a fun loving news photographer whose passion is thestory and getting it right. Through his camera, we travel through theracial, economic and political stress and high drama of the times. (Forgood reporting, see Norman Mailer's 'Miami and the Siege of Chicago').The 'hero' John Cassellis is shocked that his footage has been handedover by his employer to the FBI. So what else is new today? In sceneswith blacks militants he is accused of being an undercover FBI agent,and they knew what they were talking about, for until then he wasclueless. The world of the poor whites from the coal mines of WestVirginia, the banter in the newsroom about the role of journalism. Thespirit of the turbulent 60s has run out of steam but in some eddieshere and there of on the fringe reporters, social media and streameddailies or weeklies. And yet, documentaries are making a comeback, andshowing the grim side of life and some moments of good works. Episodicas the film is, it is worth seeing, to see how everything old is newagain

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Reviewed by Gethin Van Haanrath

Movies have a way of capturing the moment better than recreating it. Ican only dread what a recreated 1968 in Chicago would look like from aHollywood perspective. It would probably resemble something out ofForrest Gump. But Medium Cool happened to capture some brutal fightscenes with police in Chicago as well as scenes from the black ghettos.You can&#x27;t recreate this stuff. This isn&#x27;t a documentary but cinemaverit&#xE9; and combines fiction and non-fictional elements. It&#x27;s all shotwith Chicago of 68 in the background. A landmark and infamous year forthe US with the assassinations of RFK and MLK as well as the 1968Democratic National Convention which was met with severe staterepression. The state wasn&#x27;t negotiating at this time, it was brutallysending men off to war and attacking those at home with the hired goonsof the police force.<br><br>It&#x27;s a great movie which manages to combine fiction and non-fiction andshows us what the sixties were really like. It wasn&#x27;t all love beadsand LSD, although there is an amusing psychedelic sequence which takesplace in a club.<br><br>I think what I liked most was that even people who were non-politicalwere being dragged into the politics of the time. Events were thatserious at the time and people had to begin picking sides, thepleasant, white, middle-class interior of the Chicago DNC or outsidefighting and raging against the police.

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Reviewed by jonathan-577 9/10

A rare directorial outing by all-time great cinematographer Wexler,this is generally acknowledged as the most politically radical filmever produced by a major studio. In freewheeling, semi-improvised,ideologically calculated scene after scene, it depicts an apoliticaltelevision cameraman&#39;s awakening of consciousness and abandonment ofthe role of passive observer. The class and race politics are fournotches up on any comparable contemporary studio feature, that&#39;s forsure - with the surprisingly patient explanation of how 6-o-clock-newsideology oppresses minority communities, leading in to a love affairwith a working-class single mother instead of some vanguard hippie, youcould even argue that this Americanization of Godard has betterideological legs than the master himself. Sure it meanders a tad, andthe stylistics can date, but there&#39;s nothing else in any movie everthat compares with the climax, as the actors make their way throughactual documentary footage of the 1968 Democratic convention andattendant street battles. I mean, how did such a finely balanced mix ofintegrated narrative, Euro-tics, American underground film andstraight-up documentary even occur to them? And how did they thenmanage to actually pull it off with honors? Pretty damned impressive.

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