Illuminating Cinema: Midnight Cowboy
Directed by John Schlesinger. US. 1969. R. 1 hour 53 minutes minutes. MGM. Digital.
Sun., April 14, 2019
Convinced of his irresistible appeal to women, Texas dishwasher Joe Buck (Jon Voight) quits his job and heads for New York City, thinking he’ll latch on to some rich dowager. New York, however, is not as hospitable as he imagined, and Joe soon finds himself living in an abandoned building with a small-time con man named Enrico “Ratso” Rizzo (Dustin Hoffman). The two form a rough alliance, and together they kick-start Joe’s hustling career just as Ratso’s health begins to deteriorate. Originally rated “X” when released, this powerful comedy/drama broke new ground with its frank dialogue, gritty locations, and taboo themes. Fifty years later, this Best Picture Winner still packs a wallop!
About the Talk & Conversation
This episode of Illuminating Cinema examines one of the most groundbreaking films of the New Hollywood era Midnight Cowboy (1969).
More Details about this discussion to come!
About the Speaker
Andrew Owen received an M.A. and a Ph.D. from Bangor University, Great Britain, and was a fulltime faculty member at Cabrini University. Andrew is also a house manager here at the Colonial.
Andrew’s main areas of interest relate to the social history of censorship within popular culture; analyzing areas related to propaganda, horror, and the societal and cultural dynamics of censorship discourse and practice. Andrew is also interested in the study of humor, especially as it pertains to its usage by subordinated social groups to attack, challenge, or draw attention to the oppressive ideologies and practices of the dominant social group.
1:00PM – Pre-Show Talk in the Third Floor Screening Room
1:30PM – Film Screening in the 1903 Theatre
3:30PM – Post-Show Conversation in the Third Floor Screening Room
Seniors & Students: $20
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In addition to admission to the film screening and the pre- and post-film discussions, your Illuminating Cinema ticket includes a free small popcorn, a free small soda, a complimentary theatre cup. Plus $5 beer or wine (at this event only).
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About Illuminating Cinema
When the credits end that’s when the conversation begins!
Illuminating Cinema connects you with film fans of all ages for fun, refreshments and engaging conversation. Each presentation begins in our beautiful Garden Suite with a pre-show introduction from a guest speaker who offers insight and observation to help sharpen your focus on the respective film. After the lights go up in the historic 1903 auditorium, we’ll gather in the Garden Suite for a convivial post-film conversation with the speaker and each other.
In addition to admission to the film screening and the pre- and post-film discussions, your Illuminating Cinema ticket includes a free small popcorn, a free small soda, a complimentary theatre cup. Plus $5 beer or wine (at the Illuminating Cinema event only).
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