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Uniform Title Medium cool (Motion picture)
Title Medium cool [videorecording] / Paramount Pictures Corporation and H&J Pictures, Inc. ; produced by Tully Friedman ; written and directed by Haskell Wexler.

Publication Info. [New York, N.Y.] : The Criterion Collection, [2013]


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library DVD    MED    Available
Edition Director-approved two-DVD special edition.
Description 2 videodiscs (110 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in + 1 booklet (18 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 19 cm)
two-dimensional moving image tdi rdacontent
text txt rdacontent
video v rdamedia
unmediated n rdamedia
videodisc vd rdacarrier
volume nc rdacarrier
Series Criterion collection ; 658
Criterion collection ; 658.
System Details DVD; NTSC; region 1; widescreen (1.85:1) presentation; 4K Digital restoration; PCM mono.
Language English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing (SDH)2.
Cast Robert Forster, Verna Bloom, Peter Bonerz, Marianna Hill, Harold Blankenship.
Credits Art director, Leon Erickson ; editor, Verna Fields ; music scored by Mike Bloomfield ; director of photography, Haskell Wexler.
Note Originally released as a motion picture in 1969.
Summary The 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.
Audience MPAA rating: R.
Note Special features: Disc 1. Commentaries: Haskell Wexler, Paul Golding, and Marianna Hill; Paul Cronin; Trailer. Disc 2. Haskell Wexler (new interview); extended excerpts from "Look out Haskell, it's real!" a documentary about the making of Medium Cool; excerpts from Sooner or later, a documentary by Cronin about Harold Blankenship; Medium Cool revisited (new half-hour video by Wexler about the Occupy movement's protests against the 2012 NATO summit in Chicago). Booklet features an essay by film critic and programmer Thomas Beard.
Awards National Film Registry selection, 2003
Contents Disc 1. The film -- Disc 2. The supplements
Subject Democratic National Convention (1968 : Chicago, Ill.) -- Drama.
Riots -- Illinois -- Chicago -- Drama.
Television journalists -- Drama.
Television broadcasting of news -- Drama.
Student protesters -- Drama.
Genre/Form Fiction films.
Feature films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Added Author Friedman, Tully, film producer.
Wexler, Haskell, film producer, screenwriter, film director, cinematographer, commentator.
Forster, Robert, 1942- actor.
Bloom, Verna, 1939- actor.
Bonerz, Peter, actor.
Hill, Marianna, 1941- actor, commentator.
Blankenship, Harold, actor.
Bloomfield, Michael, composer (expression)
Golding, Paul, commentator.
Cronin, Paul, commentator, film director.
Erickson, Leon, art director.
Bloomfield, Michael, composer.
Paramount Pictures Corporation, film distributor.
H&J Pictures, Inc., production company.
Criterion Collection (Firm)
Added Title Look out Haskell, it's real.
Sooner or later.
ISBN 9781604657272
Standard No. 715515106214
Music No. CC2265D The Criterion Collection

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