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Can’t say that I was especially blown away by Haskell Wexler’s docudrama that follows Robert Forster’s Chicago TV cameraman as he surveys the turbulent climate that builds to the 1968 Democratic National Convention riots. Forster is engaging, as is Verna Bloom as a struggling single parent whom he is drawn to, and there’s no denying Wexler’s style keeps you on edge throughout, but in other respects the film exposes my lack of familiarity with this particular era of US history – a period I thought I understood better. I’m definitely looking forward to exploring the numerous features on Criterion’s recent release in the hopes of garnering a better understanding of what went down.

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