This minor classic from the 60s time capsule is a self-conscious essay on the meaning of the media and the nature of political commitment. During the summer of 1968, with anti-war sentiment growing daily, a host of hippies, Yippies, and other countercultural types descended on Chicago for
the Democratic Convention, an event marked by all-out battles between police and demonstrators in parks and on the streets. Celebrated left-wing cinematographer Haskell Wexler directed much of MEDIUM COOL while on location there, blending documentary footage with a fictional narrative.
John (Robert Forster) is a television cameraman, Gus (Peter Bonerz) his soundman, Eileen (Ver...