Lost in the Movies: Medium Cool (LEFT OF THE MOVIES podcast #1/LOST IN THE MOVIES podcast #4)

Medium Cool (LEFT OF THE MOVIES podcast #1/LOST IN THE MOVIES podcast #4)

A week after the Democratic Party's presidential convention (and the week of the Republican event) seemed like a good time to kick off my Left of the Movies podcast with Medium Cool. Haskell Wexler's fiction/nonfiction hybrid stars Robert Forster and documents the notorious 1968 Democratic convention in Chicago. What a contrast with the locked-down, frequently prerecorded virtual gathering which aired last week, although in other ways - particularly the violent protester/police confrontation in the streets outside the hall - the film's events resonate quite well with 2020. For now, this side project, a study of political movies from the past century-plus of cinema, is still a part of the Lost in the Movies feed but some time in 2021 it will get its own listing and move to a monthly rather than every-other-month schedule).

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