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Unformatted text preview: Richard Russell Homework Assignment No. 1 Film: Medium Cool (Haskell Wexler, 1969) While Haskell Wexler’s Medium Cool is by no means a well-rounded or “tidy” ball of yarn, it is never-the-less, a revelatory and moving work of art. In fact, the tagline of the film “beyond the age of innocence and into the age of awareness” could not be more befitting. The 1960s, especially in the later half, is with the exception of the Civil War considered to be the most culturally turbulent time in modern American history. Following World War II, America found itself involved in two more wars; the Cold War, and more specifically, the Vietnam War. In addition, there was also the assassination of President John F. Kennedy several years earlier (1963), the civil rights movement, women’s’ liberation and ongoing violent social protests. Medium Cool is based upon the protests surrounding the 1968 Democratic National Convention set in Chicago. While the election is an ostensibly political event, many other social Convention set in Chicago....
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