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MBC Interactive Archive Project - 1960s - Mavericks of the New Hollywood: MEDIUM COOL by Haskell Wexler

  • 13 Nov 2019
  • 7:00 PM - 8:55 PM
  • Miami Beach Cinematheque at Historic City Hall, 1130 Washington Ave, South Beach
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MBC Interactive Archive Project -

1960s-Mavericks of the New Hollywood

Presented by the Miami Beach Film Society

WED, NOV 13, 7p:

MEDIUM COOL

Directed by HASKELL WEXLER/1969/1hr, 51mins.


US still for MEDIUM COOL, 1969, #MBCarchive

Haskell Wexler, who, as cinematographer, photographed many of the legendary films of Mike Nichols and Hal Ashby, among others, directed this seminal “direct ci       nema” style hybrid docu-fiction critique during the 1968 Democratic convention. Robert Forrester is TV reporter John Cassellis who becomes tangled deep into the real world (originally conceived as “John Cassavetes” but changed after the director couldn’t play the role himself).

“Medium Cool…plunges us into the moment. With its mix of fictional storytelling and documentary technique, this depiction of the working world and romantic life of a television cameraman (Robert Forster) is a visceral cinematic snapshot of the era, climaxing with an extended sequence shot right in the middle of the riots surrounding the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. An inventive commentary on the pleasures and dangers of wielding a camera, Medium Cool is as prescient a political film as Hollywood has ever produced.”-Criterion Collection



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