26 Jul 2016

Conventional movies

From Widescreen, 3:15 pm on 26 July 2016
Robert Forster is a news cameraman covering the 1968 Democratic Convention in Haskell Wexler’s rarely seen Medium Cool

Robert Forster is a news cameraman covering the 1968 Democratic Convention in Haskell Wexler’s rarely seen Medium Cool Photo: Criterion

American political conventions have always been hotbeds of intrigue and drama – even when the result is a foregone conclusion – and Hollywood has often used them as a backdrop. Dan Slevin selects some of the best and most interesting examples for Jesse Mulligan on Afternoons.

 

Other films, TV shows and plays discussed

The Manchurian Candidate (Frankenheimer, 1962):

 

The Best Man Broadway revival (Gore Vidal, 2012):

 

Best of Enemies (Gordon/Neville, 2015):

 

Medium Cool (Wexler, 1970):

 

Tanner '88 (Trudeau/Altman, 1988):

 

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