Film a powerful statement of the 1960s

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Robert Forster portrays a disillusioned cameraman in Medium Cool.
Robert Forster portrays a disillusioned cameraman in Medium Cool.

Whanganui Film Society travels to 1960s United States for this week's screening.

Medium Cool was directed by Haskell Wexler and starred Robert Forster as John, a disenchanted cameraman. Verna Bloom is Eileen, a newly relocated war-widow swept up in the maelstrom of the conflicts of the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago - the actual events of which serve as the spontaneous backdrop for Wexler's picture.

Masters of Cinema described Medium Cool as "a powerful statement on the politics, media, and cinema of the late-'60s - and the present" and "a seminal early work of what came to be known as 'the New Hollywood'".

Medium Cool will screen at the Davis Theatre at 7pm on July 25. You must be a Whanganui Film Society to attend this screening.

For more information, including membership details, go to www.whanganuifilmsociety.org.nz.

- Wanganui Chronicle

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