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Medium Cool (1969)

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MEDIUM COOL | Dir. Haskell Wexler | 1969 | 111 min

Medium Cool, Wexler’s ultimate film appeared in 1969. He financed, directed, loosely wrote, and shot it during the 1968 Democratic convention mummifying the riotous demonstrations that enveloped Chicago’s Michigan Avenue. The footage he collected became the explosive climax for his spontaneous and largely improvised depiction of a TV cameraman John Cassellis (Robert Foster) capturing and meditating upon the imagery of his time. Wexler’s cameraman ushers us through the chaotic and authentically uncontrolled public demonstrations. Working off of a cobbled script at best, Medium Cool is less about narrative than it is a barometer of the political climate, this is perhaps the key to understanding it as a key cultural text. As Roger Ebert insists, “To understand it is to understand Wexler's structure and purpose. To understand the way Medium Cool is put together is to understand something about the way real events get transferred onto film. That's Medium Cool's message on the level of story.” READ MORE

Awards
Directors Guild of America, USA 1970 - Nominated (DGA Award, Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures | Haskell Wexler)
Mannheim-Heidelberg International Filmfestival 1969 - Won (Grand Prize, Haskell Wexler) Tied with 322 (1969).
National Film Preservation Board, USA 2003 - Won (National Film Registry)
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA 1970 - Nominated (NSFC Award, Best Actress | Verna Bloom, Best Supporting Actress | Verna Bloom, Best Cinematography | Haskell Wexler)

Medium Cool is the third selection in our SPOTLIGHT: WILLIS AND WEXLER series.

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In a new direction for CCS, we're shining a spotlight on cinematographers, choosing two Americans, Gordon Willis and Haskell Wexler, and their politically charged films of the 1960s and 1970s. Willis brought a mantra of simplicity to his work, with the philosophy of never adding more when less could be better. With that approach, he became known as the "Prince of Darkness" for his willingness to allow shadow to predominate a frame. He was the favored collaborator of several directors, spanning multiple genres. Our series is dominated by his work on the political films of Alan J. Pakula, including "All the President's Men" and "The Parallax View." Haskell Wexler brought a sensibiity attuned to subtle lighting in shades of grey, often working with soft bounced light. He was a political activist all his life, and in this series his work on films directed by Hal Ashby and Norman Jewison shows his artistry applied to strong political themes, but also on the emotional ride of Mike Nichols's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"

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