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Tuesday, March 03, 2009

This week at SFC: Midnight Cowboy

Fernandes Industrial Centre
Eastern Main Road

STUDIOFILMCLUB is located in the front foyer space of building 7.

Our screenings are FREE and all are welcome.

Thursday March 5th

Start time 8:15 pm

MIDNIGHT COWBOY (John Schlesinger/USA/1969/113\')

The first, and only, X-rated film to win a best picture Academy Award, John Schlesinger\'s Midnight Cowboy seems a lot less daring today (and has been reclassified as an R), but remains a fascinating time capsule of late-1960s sexual decadence in mainstream American cinema. In a career-making performance, Jon Voight plays Joe Buck, a naive Texas dishwasher who goes to the big city (New York) to make his fortune as a sexual hustler. Although enthusiastic about selling himself to rich ladies for stud services, he quickly finds it hard to make a living and eventually crashes in a seedy dump with a crippled petty thief named Ratzo Rizzo (Dustin Hoffman, doing one of his more effective \"stupid acting tricks,\" with a limp and a high-pitch rasp of a voice). Schlesinger\'s quick-cut, semi-psychedelic style has dated severely, as has his ruthlessly cynical approach to almost everybody but the lead characters. But at its heart the movie is a sad tale of friendship between a couple of losers lost in the big city, and with an ending no studio would approve today.
Edited by Hugh A Robertson (director of BIM and OBEAH)...


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