The City Lost and Found Film Series presents
medium Cool (1969)
It’s 1968, and the whole world is watching. With the U.S. in social upheaval, famed cinematographer Haskell Wexler decided to make a film about what the hell was going on. Medium Cool, his debut feature, plunges us into the moment. With its mix of fictional storytelling and documentary technique, this depiction of the working world and romantic life of a television cameraman (Robert Forster) is a visceral 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. (Criterion Collection)
Medium Cool will screen with The Battle of Michigan Avenue (1969) a film chronicling the events of August 28, 1968 in Chicago.
The City Lost and Found Film Series is organized by the Princeton-Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities, the Program in Urban Studies, and the Princeton University Art Museum in conjunction with the exhibition, The City Lost and Found: Capturing New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, 1960–1980.