Schlesinger was born in London into a middle class Jewish family, the son of Winifred Henrietta (née Regensburg) and Bernard Edward Schlesinger, a physician. After Uppingham School and graduating from Balliol College, Oxford, he worked as an actor.
One of his earliest films, the British Transport Films’ documentary Terminus (1960), gained a Venice Film Festival Gold Lion and a British Academy Award. His first two fiction movies, A Kind of Loving (1962) and Billy Liar (1963) were set in the North of England. A Kind of Loving won the Golden Bear award at the 12th Berlin International Film Festival in 1962.
His third Darling (1965) described tartly the modern urban way of life in London and was one of the first films about ‘swinging London’. Schlesinger’s next movie was Far From the Madding Crowd (1967), an adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s popular novel. Schlesinger’s Midnight Cowboy (1969) was internationally acclaimed… read more
terrific movie, creative mise-en-scene by Schlesinger, he's clearly inspired by Godard and Antonioni. Great performances by the guys, Dirk Bogarde and Laurence Harvey. Julie Christie, on the other hand, is awful-incredible to think she won an Oscar for this. It's not the first time the Academy got it wrong. Jennifer Lawrence is the most recent example of the Academy's horniness for young, semi talented women.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director: John Schlesinger
Joseph Janni… read review