On Sale March 16, 2021

Published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux

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SHOOTING
MIDNIGHT COWBOY
Art, Sex, Loneliness, Liberation,
and the Making of a Dark Classic

 
​"A rare cinema book that is as mesmerizing as its subject.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

 

     Fifty years after its release, Midnight Cowboy remains one of the most original and memorable movies of the modern era. Set in a New York besieged by economic collapse, social unrest, and cultural ferment, the movie tells the story of two homeless loners who join forces out of desperation and struggle to survive. It features superb performances by Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight and the supporting cast, spirited direction by John Schlesinger, a brilliant screenplay by blacklist survivor Waldo Salt, and a memorable musical soundtrack, featuring “Everybody’s Talkin’,” written by Fred Neil and performed by Nilsson. The result was the only X-rated film to ever win the Academy Award for Best Picture.

     Glenn Frankel’s new book traces the origins of this dark masterpiece and the gifted people who created it, starting with James Leo Herlihy, the handsome young author, playwright, and actor, with a closetful of secrets about his sexuality, his periodic bouts of depression and his taste for emotionally damaged characters. Schlesinger and producer Jerome Hellman turned his novel into a cutting-edge portrait of love and loneliness, compassion and squalor among the most unlikely of people in the most unlikely of places—“so rough and vivid,” wrote New York Times film critic Vincent Canby, “that it’s almost unbearable.”...read more

​PRAISE FOR SHOOTING MIDNIGHT COYBOY:

 

“This enthralling account of a boundary-breaking film is catnip for film buffs.”

          —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Midnight Cowboy is an acknowledged classic of American cinema, and Frankel provides us with the context we need to fully appreciate the film as a vivid snapshot of a specific time and place in American history.” 

         —David Pitt, Booklist (starred review)
 

"Through the prism of a compassionate, taboo-busting movie, Glenn Frankel has given us a master class in filmmaking that doubles as a rich cultural history of a tumultuous epoch. Shooting Midnight Cowboy takes us from Swinging London to gritty late sixties New York to the creative ferment of the New Hollywood, in a consistently entertaining tour full of vibrant, indelible characters. I loved this book." 

—Margaret Talbot, staff writer at The New Yorker and author of The Entertainer: Movies, Magic, and My Father's Twentieth Century

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