Wexler, born to a Jewish family in Chicago in 1922, was an American cinematographer, film producer and director. He was judged to be one of film history’s ten most influential cinematographers in a survey of the members of the International Cinematographers Guild. He worked on documentaries throughout his career. Wexler served as the cinematographer on his first big-budget film, Elia Kazan’s America, America.He has worked steadily in Hollywood thereafter. Wexler died at the age of 93.
The central character, John Cassellis (Robert Forster), is a detached TV news photographer for a local Chicago station who has his conscience pricked and then ignited while covering the events leading up to the violent riots that accompanied the Democratic party’s convention.
Won-Grand Prize (Director)-Mannheim-Heidelberg International Filmfestival 1969, National Film Registry-National Film Preservation Board, USA 2003. Nominated-DGA Award(DGA Award)-Directors Guild of America, USA 1970