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Medium Cool

Haskell Wexler

 
Medium Cool (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • United States
  • 1969
  • 110 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • English
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  • Spine #658

It’s 1968, and the whole world is watching. With the U.S. in social upheaval, famed cinematographer Haskell Wexler decided to make a film about what the hell was going on. Medium Cool, his debut feature, 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.

Credits

DirectorHaskell Wexler
Written byHaskell Wexler
Produced byTully Friedman and Haskell Wexler
Editorial consultantPaul Golding
Assistant to the producerJonathan Haze
Director of photographyHaskell Wexler
Music scored byMike Bloomfield
Assistant editorMarsha Griffin
Production assistantWilliam Schwartz
Camera operatorsHaskell Wexler and Mike Margulies
Camera assistantRon Vargas
Our man in ChicagoStuds Terkel
Associate producersMichael Philip Butler and Steven North
Art directorLeon Erickson
EditorVerna Fields
SoundChris Newman
Sound editorKay Rose
Music performed byMike Bloomfield, Paul Butterfield, Marcus Doubleday, Bob Jones, Noel Jukes, John Kahn, Ira Kamin, Fred Olson and Jerry Oshita
Incidental music byThe Mothers of Invention

Disc Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION

  • New, restored 4K digital film transfer, approved by director Haskell Wexler, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Two audio commentaries, one featuring Wexler, editorial consultant Paul Golding, and actor Marianna Hill, and the other featuring historian Paul Cronin
  • New interview with Wexler
  • Extended excerpts from “Look Out Haskell, It’s Real!,” a documentary by Cronin about the making of Medium Cool, featuring interviews with Wexler; Golding; actors Verna Bloom, Peter Bonerz, and Robert Forster; Chicago historian Studs Terkel; and others
  • Excerpts from Sooner or Later, Cronin’s documentary about Harold Blankenship, who plays Harold in the film
  • “Medium Cool” Revisited, a new half-hour video by Wexler about the Occupy movement’s protests against the 2012 NATO summit in Chicago
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film critic and programmer Thomas Beard

    New cover by Fred Davis

Film Essays

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Medium Cool: Preserving Disorder

By Thomas Beard May 21, 2013

It’s tough to tell where reality ends and fiction begins in Haskell Wexler’s deft chronicle of a turbulent era. Read more »

10 Things I Learned

10 Things I Learned: Medium Cool

By Abbey Lustgarten May 22, 2013


Video


Film Essays

Mediumcool_current_thumbnail

Medium Cool: Preserving Disorder

By Thomas Beard May 21, 2013

It’s tough to tell where reality ends and fiction begins in Haskell Wexler’s deft chronicle of a turbulent era. Read more »


Three Reasons