Medium Cool (1969) IMDb

Categorization

Borderline documentary. A documentary serves to describe broadly interesting non-fiction as the creators see it. There can be no pure documentaries under that definition, and this one is particularly impure, but has some truth wrapped in a loose fictional frame: There is a staged and fictional plot, but a lot of documentary-style footage of historically important unstaged events is mixed in at various levels. Made to raise questions about the role of documentaries/news and their makers and viewers.

Subject

A camera man covers racial dissidents and the demonstrations surrounding the Democratic Convention in Chicago, 1968.

Commentary

Unpolished, particularly the silly crash. Frank Zappa’s Mothers of Invention feature somewhat prominently.

moving picture non-fiction