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Medium Cool (1969)

R  |   |  Drama  |  1970 (Japan)
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TV news reporter finds himself becoming personally involved in the violence that erupts around the 1968 Democratic National Convention.

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Harold Blankenship ...
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Charles Geary ...
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Frank Baker
Christine Bergstrom ...
Dede
William Sickingen ...
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Robert McAndrew ...
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Marrian Walters ...
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Rich Lady
Edward Croke ...
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Doug Kimball ...
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John Cassellis is the toughest TV-news reporter around. His area of interest is reporting about violence in the ghetto and racial tensions. But he discovers that his network helps the FBI by letting it look at his tapes to find suspects. When he protests, he is fired and goes to the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Illinois. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Beyond the age of innocence... into the age of awareness

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John Cassellis: Jesus I love to shoot film.
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Sweet Georgia Brown
by Ben Bernie, Kenneth Casey and Maceo Pinkard
Performed by Brother Bones
Courtesy of Tempo Records
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a totally original pastiche
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A rare directorial outing by all-time great cinematographer Wexler, this is generally acknowledged as the most politically radical film ever produced by a major studio. In freewheeling, semi-improvised, ideologically calculated scene after scene, it depicts an apolitical television cameraman's awakening of consciousness and abandonment of the role of passive observer. The class and race politics are four notches up on any comparable contemporary studio feature, that's for sure - with the surprisingly patient explanation of how 6-o-clock-news ideology oppresses minority communities, leading in to a love affair with a working-class single mother instead of some vanguard hippie, you could even argue that this Americanization of Godard has better ideological legs than the master himself. Sure it meanders a tad, and the stylistics can date, but there's nothing else in any movie ever that compares with the climax, as the actors make their way through actual documentary footage of the 1968 Democratic convention and attendant street battles. I mean, how did such a finely balanced mix of integrated narrative, Euro-tics, American underground film and straight-up documentary even occur to them? And how did they then manage to actually pull it off with honors? Pretty damned impressive.


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