Midnight Cowboy (18) + ScreenTalk

20:30 / One of the truly Great American Movies, the first X-rated film to win Oscars. Starring Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight

10 December 2009
Frobisher Auditorium 1

Standard - £7.50 online (£9.50 full price) / Barbican Members - £6.50 online (£7.50 full price) / Concessions £7.50

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There will be a ScreenTalk before the film with Eddi Fiegel, biographer of John Barry, who wrote the score to Midnight Cowboy, in conversation with cultural historian and writer Ken Hollings

One of the truly Great American Movies, this story of real pain and poverty on the dark streets and in the condemned apartment blocks of 1960s New York won three Oscars - the first X-rated film to take any.

The then newcomer Jon Voight plays Joe Buck, who walks out of his dishwashing job in Texas and into dreams of a career path in NYC, to the bittersweet strains of Harry Nilsson's theme tune 'Everybody's Talkin' At Me'.

Failing to make a living as a male prostitute, Joe befriends conman Ratso (Dustin Hoffman) out of necessity, and the harsh, yearning body of the film shows the pair's relationship move from cynicism and desperation into camaraderie and then a powerful and tender need that may or not be gay love - 1969 Hollywood still wasn't quite ready to acknowledge homosexuality on its screens, although this work prompted a change in attitude and ratings.

US 1969 Dir. John Schlesinger 113 min.

Devised and curated by Jay Clifton (Lipstick Killers: The New York Dolls Story, Mambo Italiano: Exploring Exotica).

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