History Film / MediumCool

4th Jun '17 9:07:23 AM nombretomado
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The title is from a famous {{Postmodern}} thesis by media critic [=Marshall McLuhan=], ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Medium is the Message]]:'' namely the idea that there are [[MediumAwareness "hot" mediums]] such as theater that are highly interactive, and then there are more "cold" mediums, [[TVTropes like television]], which [[strike:lull the audience into a stupor]] require little interaction from the audience.

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The title is from a famous {{Postmodern}} thesis by media critic [=Marshall McLuhan=], ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Medium is the Message]]:'' namely the idea that there are [[MediumAwareness "hot" mediums]] such as theater that are highly interactive, and then there are more "cold" mediums, [[TVTropes [[Wiki/TVTropes like television]], which [[strike:lull the audience into a stupor]] require little interaction from the audience.
27th May '17 12:10:15 PM nombretomado
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Interestingly, when the film was first scripted, it wasn't intended to be about the [[NewAgeRetroHippie Movement]] versus TheMan at all. The director wanted to shoot a piece [[ShakyCam in docu-cam]] about the indifference of the media towards the problems of the poor in inner-city Chicago, focusing on [[DecoyProtagonist an Appalachian family]].[[labelnote:*]]Chicago and Baltimore once had large Appalachian slums.[[/labelnote]] After all, [[CivilRightsMovement Martin Luther King]] was promising a major march on poverty in lieu of racism that summer, similar to his March on Washington in '63, to urge the next administration (which [[WhatMightHaveBeen he hoped would be RFK]]) to take the money from TheVietnamWar and use it to re-fund Great Society programs.

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Interestingly, when the film was first scripted, it wasn't intended to be about the [[NewAgeRetroHippie Movement]] versus TheMan at all. The director wanted to shoot a piece [[ShakyCam in docu-cam]] about the indifference of the media towards the problems of the poor in inner-city Chicago, focusing on [[DecoyProtagonist an Appalachian family]].[[labelnote:*]]Chicago and Baltimore once had large Appalachian slums.[[/labelnote]] After all, [[CivilRightsMovement Martin Luther King]] was promising a major march on poverty in lieu of racism that summer, similar to his March on Washington in '63, to urge the next administration (which [[WhatMightHaveBeen he hoped would be RFK]]) to take the money from TheVietnamWar UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar and use it to re-fund Great Society programs.
13th Mar '17 9:54:10 AM JamesAustin
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13th Mar '17 9:51:42 AM JamesAustin
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-->-- '''[[Music/FrankZappa The Mothers Of Invention]]''', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ne4gncvE57A#t=3m0s "Mom & Dad",]] from ''Medium Cool''

''Medium Cool'' is a critically acclaimed and [[CultClassic highly obscure]] film from [[TheSixties the 60's]] about the unhealthy interaction between a [[CorruptCorporateExecutive corporate media]] in search of {{spectacle}} and violence and a [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized restless and angry populace]]. It predated the film ''{{Network}}'' by about [[SpiritualSuccessor ten years]].

It's also famous for a simple reason: it's just about the only {{Mockumentary}} fictional film ever to be deliberately shot and filmed '''''during''''' the course of a historical event: [[TheSixties The 1968 Chicago Democratic Convention]] and police riot, during and after the assassination of [[FolkHero Robert F. Kennedy]] which [[FromBadToWorse preceded it]].

That's right: [[RealLifeWritesThePlot they filmed all the scenes "in real"]],[[labelnote:*]]:as Creator/JamesCameron might incredulously put it[[/labelnote]] with the scripted actors and cameramen wandering through historical events. AluminumChristmasTrees abound for contemporary viewers, since as we all know, RealityIsUnrealistic.

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-->-- '''[[Music/FrankZappa The Mothers Of of Invention]]''', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ne4gncvE57A#t=3m0s "Mom & Dad",]] from ''Medium Cool''

''Medium Cool'' is a critically acclaimed and [[CultClassic highly obscure]] film from [[TheSixties the 60's]] about the unhealthy interaction between a [[CorruptCorporateExecutive corporate media]] in search of {{spectacle}} and violence and a [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized restless and angry populace]]. It predated the film ''{{Network}}'' ''Film/{{Network}}'' by about [[SpiritualSuccessor ten years]].

It's also famous for a simple reason: it's just about the only {{Mockumentary}} fictional film ever to be deliberately shot and filmed '''''during''''' the course of a historical event: [[TheSixties The 1968 Chicago Democratic Convention]] and police riot, during and after the assassination of [[FolkHero FolkHero Robert F. Kennedy]] Kennedy which [[FromBadToWorse preceded it]].

That's right: [[RealLifeWritesThePlot they filmed all the scenes "in real"]],[[labelnote:*]]:as real"]],[[labelnote:*]]As Creator/JamesCameron might incredulously put it[[/labelnote]] with the scripted actors and cameramen wandering through historical events. AluminumChristmasTrees abound for contemporary viewers, since as we all know, RealityIsUnrealistic.
8th Jul '16 7:46:50 AM Morgenthaler
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* Music/FrankZappa: Music by him and the Mothers Of Invention is used on the soundtrack.
8th Jul '16 6:26:56 AM gewunomox
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* FrankZappa: Music by him and the Mothers Of Invention is used on the soundtrack.

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* FrankZappa: Music/FrankZappa: Music by him and the Mothers Of Invention is used on the soundtrack.



[[SnarkBait very dry-ly]] scored to Music/FrankZappa's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywPan19kvyI Who Needs The Peace Corps]]:

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[[SnarkBait very dry-ly]] scored to Music/FrankZappa's Frank Zappa's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywPan19kvyI Who Needs The Peace Corps]]:
11th May '16 1:50:07 AM Morgenthaler
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* AnarchyIsChaos: The protestors.

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* %%* AnarchyIsChaos: The protestors.



* DeadpanSnarker: The TV reporter.

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* %%* DeadpanSnarker: The TV reporter.



* TheMan: The cops and TV reporters.

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* %%* TheMan: The cops and TV reporters.



* MoodDissonance: Goes with the territory of being shot live on-location.

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* %%* MoodDissonance: Goes with the territory of being shot live on-location.



* PinballProtagonist: Taken to a literal extreme.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot
* TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized
* RomanceEnsues: Between the protagonists.
* ShootTheShaggyDog
* SpiritualSuccessor: ''Film/{{Network}}''. For a similar film in the same year, but [[HilarityEnsues more farcical]], see ''Film/PutneySwope''.
* YouBastard: The film's message.

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* %%* PinballProtagonist: Taken to a literal extreme.
* %%* RealLifeWritesThePlot
* %%* TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized
* %%* RomanceEnsues: Between the protagonists.
* %%* ShootTheShaggyDog
* %%* SpiritualSuccessor: ''Film/{{Network}}''. For a similar film in the same year, but [[HilarityEnsues more farcical]], see ''Film/PutneySwope''.
* %%* YouBastard: The film's message.
11th May '16 1:47:56 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[spoiler:ShootTheShaggyDog]]

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* [[spoiler:ShootTheShaggyDog]]ShootTheShaggyDog
10th May '16 1:40:05 PM Morgenthaler
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The film was rated "X" by the MoralGuardians for ''political content'' on its release (the film contains little sexual content or swearing), the first film to do so (swiftly followed by ''MidnightCowboy''); thus making the title reference all the more meaningful.

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The film was rated "X" by the MoralGuardians for ''political content'' on its release (the film contains little sexual content or swearing), the first film to do so (swiftly followed by ''MidnightCowboy''); ''Film/MidnightCowboy''); thus making the title reference all the more meaningful.
14th Nov '15 1:57:05 PM DeisTheAlcano
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Interestingly, when the film was first scripted, it wasn't intended to be about the [[NewAgeRetroHippie Movement]] versus TheMan at all. The director wanted to shoot a piece [[ShakyCam in docu-cam]] about the indifference of the media towards the problems of the poor in inner-city Chicago, focusing on [[DecoyProtagonist an Appalachian family]].[[labelnote:*]]Chicago and Baltimore once had large Appalachian slums.[[/labelnote]] After all, [[CivilRightsMovement Martin Luther King]] was promising a major march on poverty in lieu of racism that LongHotSummer, similar to his March on Washington in '63, to urge the next administration (which [[WhatMightHaveBeen he hoped would be RFK]]) to take the money from TheVietnamWar and use it to re-fund Great Society programs.

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Interestingly, when the film was first scripted, it wasn't intended to be about the [[NewAgeRetroHippie Movement]] versus TheMan at all. The director wanted to shoot a piece [[ShakyCam in docu-cam]] about the indifference of the media towards the problems of the poor in inner-city Chicago, focusing on [[DecoyProtagonist an Appalachian family]].[[labelnote:*]]Chicago and Baltimore once had large Appalachian slums.[[/labelnote]] After all, [[CivilRightsMovement Martin Luther King]] was promising a major march on poverty in lieu of racism that LongHotSummer, summer, similar to his March on Washington in '63, to urge the next administration (which [[WhatMightHaveBeen he hoped would be RFK]]) to take the money from TheVietnamWar and use it to re-fund Great Society programs.
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