A naive hustler travels from Texas to New York City to seek personal fortune, finding a new friend in the process.

FilmTalk: Midnight Cowboy will be introduced by Alaina Schempp, School of Arts, University of Kent

The Future is X-rated
A season of controversial films from 1969, curated by Lawrence Jackson, Lecturer at School of Arts, University of Kent.

Three films that represented a cultural watershed: The Wild Bunch (Sam Peckinpah), Taste the Blood of Dracula (Peter Sasdy) and Midnight Cowboy (John Schlesinger).

These films were distinguished by the conjunction of three elements: firstly, they were mainstream cinema releases; secondly, the Peckinpah and Schlesinger received significant critical acclaim, Midnight Cowboy winning the Oscar for Best Picture; thirdly, all were certificated X for their explicit content.

This mini-season at the Gulbenkian of three films from 1969 is intended to capture a moment that, culturally, anticipated the greater freedoms of the 1970s and beyond. Just a few years later lay X-rated arthouse and studio smash hits such as Last Tango in Paris and The Exorcist. Before that, in 1969, these films blazed a trail and foretold the future.


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Midnight Cowboy

10 Jun 2019

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