Midnight Cowboy
Cult Cinema
USA 1969, 113 min, Dir: John Schlesinger
Screenings:
  • Tuesday April 28, 2015 at 9:15PM

Joe Buck is a Texas dishwasher without friend or family when he comes to New York to make his fortune as the rich ladies’ stud. Instead, he winds up a half-hearted 42nd Street hustler whose first and only friend, Ratso Rizzo, is a gimpy, verminous, yet eminently likeable con artist from the Bronx. Buck's life has been a story of anxiety and dispossession punctuated by Priapian conquests that always, somehow, leave him a little lonelier than he was before. He is a funny, dim-witted variation on the lonely, homosexual dream-hero who used to wander disguised through so much drama and literature associated with the 1950's. Midnight Cowboy is a slick, brutal (but not brutalizing) movie version of James Leo Herlihy's 1965 novel, so rough and vivid that it's almost unbearable. (New York Times)


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