I N , Hollywood discovered the underground. Rebellious youth and the sounds of the counterculture suddenly became bankable, and the studios rushed into production a spate of films that tried to snare the market that Easy Rider had tapped so spectacularly. Beneath its vividly depicted world of urban rot, Midnight Cowboy was in fact an old-fashioned romance, Camille updated to the pestilential big city and enacted by two men, a male hustler substituting for the dying courtesan and his fifth-rate pimp corresponding to the doting Armand. The lurid 42nd Street trappings that framed the story of the male friends were revolutionary for a big-budget major studio film.
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Movie production requires the collaboration of creative people working under constant pressure to control costs and turn a profit. Or that he initially considered the novel that the film is based on to be unreadable. Someone at M-G-M, which declined to produce the picture, suggested Elvis Presley, and the role was offered to Michael Sarrazin, but the deal fell through, when the studio that he was under contract to asked for more money. The name of the casting director responsible for getting Hoffman and Voight onto the project, Marion Dougherty, was left off the credits. Hoffman ad-libbed it. The screenwriter hired to adapt the novel, Waldo Salt, was another gamble.
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Midnight Cowboy is a American buddy drama film , based on the novel of the same name by James Leo Herlihy. Midnight Cowboy is the only X-rated film ever to win Best Picture. In , Midnight Cowboy was deemed "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" by the Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry. Joe Buck, a young Texan working as a dishwasher, quits his job and heads to New York City to become a male prostitute. Initially unsuccessful, he manages to bed a middle-aged woman, Cass, in her posh Park Avenue apartment.
Suddenly the toast of Hollywood, Schlesinger used his newfound clout to film an expensive, Panavision adaptation of Far from the Madding Crowd. The decision to shoot on location in New York, at a time when the city was approaching its gritty nadir, backfired when a sanitation strike filled Manhattan with garbage fires and fears of dysentery. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App.