Thursday, December 22, 2016

Midnight Cowboy (1969)


One of the truly great American films of the 1960s, as uncompromising and honest a film as has ever been produced by Hollywood. Director John Schlesinger draws on his experience with British "Kitchen Sink" dramas, deliriously combining a New Wave sensibility with the influence of underground, experimental filmmaking, to create a landmark of the New Hollywood cinema. Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman give perhaps the finest performances of their careers as two men who form an unlikely bond on the gritty streets of late '60s New York. Greatly enhanced by a beautiful John Barry score and the haunting theme song by Nilsson.

1 comment:

Joe Barry said...

Do you think that the film excels because of the elements that you write about,new wave,gritty play so well in New York during the late 60's. Had that same film been shot in the 90's in New York,it would not of worked. The movie is timeless but the subject isn't.It may of worked well if shot in LA.or maybe Paris because of there cultural importance.So the cultural back drop is a major component of the film's
success.
Thanks...
ps I am not a robot.