“Medium Cool” film about 1968 Democratic National Convention

When:
August 29, 2018 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
2018-08-29T19:30:00-07:00
2018-08-29T21:30:00-07:00
Where:
Loft Cinema
3233 E Speedway Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85716
USA
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)

https://loftcinema.org/film/medium-cool/

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *