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PostPosted: Thu Aug 14, 2008 3:34 am 
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I went to a showing of “Medium Cool” last night. The movie was made by cinematographer Haskell Wexler. He had the idea to film the movie with the backdrop of the 1968 Democratic National Convention, the actual scenes he shot almost became the main story. It is a disturbing and engrossing film. But, along with a soundtrack by a credited Mike Bloomfield, there’s a lot of Mothers music, mostly from WOIIFTM (“Mom and Dad”, the “I’m the Indian of the Group” JCB line intercut with “Are You Hung Up”, some of “Who Needs the Peace Corps.”, and a bit of “Oh No”).

I didn’t see FZ credited. I was fascinated with the use of this music which was so apropos to the subject matter and the overall ‘feel’ of this movie. Get the DVD, it was fantastic.

Anyone else familiar with this film?

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Yeah, it's an incredidble film for sure - highly recommended!
Haskell Wexler did some of the cinematography for "Uncle Meat" - perhaps in exchange for using the MOI songs. I think one of the cuts may actually have a slightly different mix. I dubbed it from a VHS tape to cassette years ago but I haven't played it recently (I don't recall which track it was). I first learned about the film reading an article about Robert Forster when he appeared in "Jackie Brown".


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Forster was good in it. I didn't know that Wexler did work on Uncle Meat, that makes sense, thanks.

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