Author Archive for: ‘Stephen Charbonneau’

Fifty Years Later: The Afterlives of Medium Cool

In the introduction to the anthology May ’68 and Its Afterlives, Kristin Ross clarifies that her use of the term ‘afterlife’ should not be taken to refer to the cascade of remembrances, regrets, and ruminations on mistakes made and opportunities seized in the wake of the famous student-worker uprisings in Paris. For Ross, the essential point is that the historical …

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“We Have a Visitor”: Boundary Crossings and White Allyship in Haskell Wexler’s The Bus and Medium Cool

In an early scene from Medium Cool (1969) a television cameraman, John (Robert Forster), and his sound recordist, Gus (Peter Bonerz), visit Resurrection City, a temporary shantytown erected on the Washington Mall in May of 1968. The soundtrack for this sequence features the protestors’ performance of the gospel song, “This May Be the Last Time,” and it synchronises well with …

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