Medium Cool (1969) 1080p YIFY Movie

Medium Cool (1969) 1080p

A TV news reporter finds himself becoming personally involved in the violence that erupts around the 1968 Democratic National Convention.

IMDB: 7.44 Likes

  • Genre: Drama |
  • Quality: 1080p
  • Size: 2.11G
  • Resolution: 1920x1040 / 23.976 (23976/1000) FPSfps
  • Language: English
  • Run Time: 111
  • IMDB Rating: 7.4/10 
  • MPR: Normal
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The Synopsis for Medium Cool (1969) 1080p

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.


The Director and Players for Medium Cool (1969) 1080p

[Director]Haskell Wexler
[Director]Peter Bonerz
[Role:]Verna Bloom
[Role:]Robert Forster


The Reviews for Medium Cool (1969) 1080p


Reviewed bymeeblyVote: 7/10/10

Haskell Wexler, a cinematographer by trade, practically invented thetechnique invented we know today as "cinema verite" with this striking dramathat plays so much like a documentary, you'd never guess it was fictionwithout being told. It's less a story and more a voyeuristic look into thelives of ordinary people thrust into extraordinary circumstances, in thiscase reporters who are covering a political convention and other Chicagolocals who are just minding their own business when the legendary riotsbreak out at the 1968 Democratic National Convention.

Even more groundbreaking is the approach Wexler takes in framing the film'sfinal scenes. He had ample warning that there would potentially be someunrest at the convention, so he decided to thrust his cast right into thethick of it, sending them to the foyer and front entrance of the ChicagoConvention Center and the crew right along to film the events. No one knewexactly what would happen, making this perhaps the most creative and timelypiece of "improvised" drama in the history of filmmaking up to thispoint.

Every documentary filmmaker who chooses to make his/her film about actionsand events rather than simply a bunch of talking heads owes a debt to Wexlerand his creative team on "Medium Cool".

Reviewed byDerek AdamsVote: /10

Reviewed byMARIO GAUCI ([email protected])Vote: 8/10/10

A brilliant film and a seminal one - a product by a major Hollywoodstudio handled in cinema-verite' style; besides, the various issues itraises - social, political and media-related - have scarcely beentreated with such directness and power. The lack of star names in thecast (Peter Boyle, who appears briefly, was not yet established and,even if he had debuted in John Huston's REFLECTIONS IN A GOLDEN EYE[1967], lead Robert Forster's role was originally intended for JohnCassavetes) certainly helps sell its inherent documentary feel.

Though, understandably, most meaningful to people who witnessed theseturbulent times first-hand, and Americans in particular, despite itsspecific time-setting - Chicago 1968 (partly shot at the actualDemocrats convention site, the film proved prophetic because the scriptinvolved riots breaking out...which is what actually happened!) - manyof its concerns are still very much with us!! Fascinating therefore ifslightly overlong - the subplot involving Verna Bloom and HaroldBlankenship feels a bit like padding at first (and was actually whatremained of a proposed film, with animal interest, about a poor countryboy's adjustment to city life!)...but, ultimately, its point is madeduring the film's latter stages when Bloom goes to look for her missingson - creating an indelible image of a perplexed figure (incongruouslydressed in a bright yellow outfit) getting embroiled in all thecommotion hitting the streets at that same moment. This, however,results in a goof involving the unexplained presence very early on ofBloom (already wearing the yellow dress but whose introduction properin the film takes place quite a bit later!) at a cocktail party formembers of the press - a sequence intended to immediately precede theriots but which was then pushed forward during editing, so as to dealstraight off with the film's major theme of media responsibility! Thetragic yet ironic ending - presented as matter-of-factly as any of thenews items covered by dispassionate TV cameraman Forster - is veryeffective.

This is certainly renowned cinematographer Wexler's most significantdirectorial effort; his camera-work (some of it hand-held) is simplyincredible, as is Paul Golding's editing (which must have been quite aheadache and, in fact, he mentions in the Audio Commentary that severalscenes remained on the cutting-room floor; pity they weren't availablefor inclusion on the Paramount DVD - nor, apparently, were the rightsto the 2001 documentary about the film, LOOK OUT HASKELL, IT'S REAL:THE MAKING OF 'MEDIUM COOL'!). Also essential to the unique texture ofthe film is the fantastic soundtrack (mostly by Mike Bloomfield butalso featuring songs by Frank Zappa, among others).

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