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Medium Cool(1969)

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  • Splendid Robert Forster

    • Adventure
    • 2/7/12

    This movie made me a movie fan and I respect the work of Robert Forster as star of Medium Cool for his brave and compelling performance.

  • Medium Cool (1969)

    • James Higgins
    • 12/15/09

    This is one of those films where you have to put your mindset in the year it was made. This was quite unique and revolutionary at the time, particularly the combination of the real footage with dramatic footage, and it worked quite well. Also, the nude scenes were very controversial at the time. It's filmed very simply, especially the cinematography. Good and real performances. Very believable done. Quite interesting, but it has lost some of it's punch over the years.

  • Real History Becomes Real Cinema...

    • G.P. Stojcevic
    • 8/12/07

    The Chicago Convention of 1968 was the point at which America was almost plunged into another Civil War. The nation was torn apart by the Vietnam War, the corruption in Washington D.C. and the counter culture movement.Against this back drop legendary cinematographer Haskell Wexler set his only film as a director.Using TV reporters Robert Forster and Peter Bonerz he explores these issues and the issues of the medias role, for good or for ill, in all the events in play.Largely overlooked at it's release, this film is finally receiving the credit it deserves.MEDIUM COOL is also the only film late blues musician Mike Bloomfield ever scored and being a Chicago icon himself, fits perfectly into the story.One of the most unnerving elements of the film is the car crash that opens it and the car crash that closes it, almost a mirror effect that haunts the viewer long afterward.If you have not seen this film yet please do not miss it. I was there during the events and this is as close as you can come without being beaten and gassed.

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