Medium Cool

New 35mm Print

  • Introduction

    Scott Saul is a professor of English at UC Berkeley who specializes in twentieth-century American literature and cultural history; his most recent book is Becoming Richard Pryor

    Saul will only introduce the Sunday, February 12 screening.



Robert Forster, Verna Bloom, Peter Bonerz, Marianna Hill,

Shot on location in Chicago during the 1968 Democratic National Convention, Medium Cool examines the use and abuse of journalism in an era when widespread popular protests were increasingly subject to police violence and, more disturbingly, government-sanctioned subversion. Wexler, an Academy Award–winning cinematographer, blurs the borders between documentary and fiction in this multilayered masterpiece that simultaneously “encapsulates the divisive issues of race and poverty that remain as urgent today as they did in 1968 [and] makes us think about the way the media shape our lives and are used to deflect public attention from sustained political action”

Philip French
The Guardian
  • Haskell Wexler
  • Haskell Wexler
Print Info
  • Color
  • 35mm
  • 106 mins
  • Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Academy Film Archive
  • Paramount Pictures