The Sticking Place

The “Real” in Fiction: Brecht, Medium Cool and
the Refusal of Incorporation

Michael Renov
Medium Cool is a film that interweaves the public events of the summer of 1968 (the Chicago Democratic National convention and the violent clashes between police and demonstrators it provoked) with the private dramas of several fictional characters. It is no exaggeration to claim that in this film, Wexler – acknowledged auteur of the piece of virtue of his writing, direction, and camera work – has designed a collision of history with fiction, a collision whose outcome is the virtual death of cinema.

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