Item Details

Medium Cool

Paramount Pictures Corporation and H&J Pictures, Inc. ; produced by Tully Friedman ; written and directed by Haskell Wexler
Format
Video; Book; DVD
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.
Director
Haskell Wexler; Paul Cronin
Performers
Robert Forster, Verna Bloom, Peter Bonerz, Marianna Hill, Harold Blankenship.
Release Date
1969
Run Time
110 min.
Language
English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Rating
Rating: R
Notes
  • Originally released as a motion picture in 1969.
  • 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.
Uniform Title
Medium Cool (Motion Picture)
Related Title
Look out Haskell, it's real.
Sooner or later.
Awards Note
National Film Registry selection, 2003.
Edition
Director-approved two-DVD special edition
Series
Criterion Collection
Series Statement
Criterion collection ; 658
Contents
  • Disc 1. The film
  • Disc 2. The supplements
ISBN
9781604657272, 1604657278
Credits
Art director, Leon Erickson ; editor, Verna Fields ; music scored by Mike Bloomfield ; director of photography, Haskell Wexler.
Published
[New York, N.Y.] : The Criterion Collection, [2013]
Publisher no.
CC2265D The Criterion Collection
Description
2 videodiscs (110 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in + 1 booklet (18 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 19 cm).
DVD; NTSC; region 1; widescreen (1.85:1) presentation; 4K Digital restoration; PCM mono.
Technical Details
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