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Medium cool

Call Number

  • BLU-RAY DRAMA (CEN)

Edition

Director-approved Blu-ray special edition.

Languages

English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing.

Performers

Robert Forster, Verna Bloom, Peter Bonerz, Marianna Hill, Harold Blankenship.

Publication Information

[Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, [2013]

Physical Description

1 videodisc (110 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (20 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 17 cm.)

Audience

MPAA rating: R.

Summary

"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. His debut feature, MEDIUM COOL, plunges us into that moment. With its mix of scripted fiction and seat-of-the-pants documentary technique, this story of the working world and romantic life of a television cameraman is a visceral, lasting 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."--Container.

Notes

Originally released as a motion picture in 1969.

Special features: New, restored 4K digital film transfer, approved by director Haskell Wexler, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack ; 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.

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