WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29 AT 7:30PM | REGULAR ADMISSION PRICES
Commemorate the 50th anniversary of the legendary 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago (held August 26–29) at this special screening of Haskell Wexler’s acclaimed 1969 political documentary/drama, Medium Cool, shot during the Convention riots!
It’s 1968, and the whole world is watching. With the U.S. in social upheaval, famed Oscar-winning cinematographer Haskell Wexler (Bound for Glory, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest) decided to make a film about what the hell was going on. Medium Cool, his debut feature as a director, fiercely 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 Chicago television cameraman (Robert Forster, Jackie Brown) is a visceral cinematic snapshot of the era, climaxing with a harrowing extended sequence shot right in the middle of the tumultuous riots surrounding the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, a feat made all the more dramatic as the actors in the film become dangerously caught up in the real-life action. 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. (Dir. by Haskell Wexler, 1969, USA, 111 mins., Rated R)