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Midnight Cowboy

Directed by John Schlesinger
United States, 1969


Con man Enrico “Ratso” Rizzo and Texan hustler, Joe Buck, form a rough alliance in order to survive the mean streets of New York. As they kick-start Joe’s hustling career, Ratso’s health begins to deteriorate.

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Midnight Cowboy Directed by John Schlesinger

Awards & Festivals

Berlin International Film Festival

1969 | Winner: OCIC Award

Academy Awards

1970 | 4 nominations including: Best Actor in a Leading Role

1970 | 3 wins including: Best Director

National Film Preservation Board

1994 | Winner: National Film Registry

The simplicity of just finding one person to talk to becomes as nourishing as food. That we should unexpectedly feel so close to Joe and Ratso testifies to the potency of cinema’s formal dynamics.
August 21, 2018
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Schlesinger’s mosaics of imagined flash-forwards and idle daydreams mixed in with his outsider’s sidelong glimpses of American landscapes and cityscapes are handled with real verve and fluidity, and even some of the druggy effects at the party are handled with some grace and wit, capturing the 60s zeitgeist much more accurately than The Graduate.
June 25, 2018
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Schlesinger’s camera . . . situates Joe and Ratso in one of the truest versions of New York City ever seen in a Hollywood movie to that point. And while they deploy a whole bag of sixties tricks—a journey into vérité at a happening, flashbacks, head trips, and dream sequences, an occasional hallucinatory use of black and white—the film is at its most effective when it simply observes Joe on New York’s streets.
May 29, 2018
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