This Is America: Medium Cool (1969)

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“If I gotta be afraid in order for your argument to work, then you got no argument.” Cameraman and director Haskell Wexler blends fiction and documentary in this kinetic film shot in part during the 1968 Chicago riots and the Democratic convention. A mesmerizing, almost real time record on a country in turmoil and how corporate media benefits from it. Medium Cool is a bonafide classic of New Hollywood that deserves a far bigger audience than it has received over the years.

Regie: Haskell Wexler

Cast: Robert Forster, Verna Bloom, Peter Bonerz



Land: VS

Speelduur: 111 minuten

Taal: Engels

Ondertiteling: Geen


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Medium Cool (1969)
John Cassellis is the toughest TV news reporter around. After extensively reporting about violence and racial tensions in poor communities, he discovers that his network is helping the FBI by granting them access to his footage to find suspects.