Medium Cool
Medium Cool (1969)

"I love to shoot film" is the sanguine motto of TV lensman John Cassellis (Robert Forster) in Haskell Wexler's 1969 Medium Cool, a semi-documentary investigation of image-making and politics. With his soundman, Gus (Peter… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 1, 1969
DVD Release Date: December 11, 2001
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Vincent Canby
New York Times

Medium Cool is an awkward and even pretentious movie, but, like the report of the President's National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, it has an importance that has nothing to do with literature.

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Eric Melin

Despite the 1968 conflict(s) dating the film to a very specific time and place in American history, there's nothing that can't be applied to what's going on today, especially with the new relevance of video images on computers and handheld devices.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

An interesting time capsule essay film that takes us back to the infamous 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago and its police riot.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Moviemakers have at last figured out how bright the average moviegoer is. By that I don't mean they're making more 'intelligent' pictures. I mean they understand how quickly we can catch onto things.

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Jay Antani
Cinema Writer

a quintessential late-60s time capsule piece

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Steve Crum

The mass media message is still relevant in this groundbreaking 1969 film.

Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

The film doesn't exactly end, because it's not so much a narrative as it is a mile-marker and a warning.

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Cole Smithey

Wexler may have been going after something "cool," but what he came up with is smoking hot cinema that puts Jean-Luc Goddard to shame.

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Emanuel Levy

Blending fact and fiction, Wexler's seminal zeitgeist docu-drama, shot during the Chicago riots of 1968, raises intriguing questions, just like Antonioni's Blow-Up.

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