"Shooting Midnight Cowboy: Art, Sex, Loneliness, Liberation, and the Making of a Dark Classic"

Mar 25, 2021

We're pleased to welcome back to our program the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Frankel, whose newest book, which he tells us about, is "Shooting Midnight Cowboy: Art, Sex, Loneliness, Liberation, and the Making of a Dark Classic." The book employs in-depth interviews with the film's director, stars, crew, casting team, and others to provide the definitive account of an American movie like no other. One of the most innovative and daring motion pictures of its time, Midnight Cowboy won three Oscars, including Best Picture...and it was the first film ever to get an "X" rating. It's a movie that, as Frankel asserts, reflects how Hollywood itself was, like much of the country in 1969, starting to break free from certain forms of cultural and sexual repression. Please note that Frankel will take part in an online-only "book launch" event for this title, to be presented on Zoom by Magic City Books on Thursday the 25th at 7pm. More details on that event are here.