195 Great Directors: John Schlesinger

“Making a film is like going down a mine–once you’ve started you bid a metaphorical goodbye to the daylight and the outside world for the duration.”

What Got This Director Here?
: Midnight Cowboy, with a little support from some other 60s/70s work.

My Favorite Past Experience Was…: N/A.

What Did I Watch: Darling.

Where Does He Fit: The good news is that Julie Christie earns her Oscar completely in Darling. She’s wonderfully confused and blurred in her portrayal of someone deeply phony who cannot cope with real feelings when getting stuck in her social climbing situation. The bad-ish news is that the rest of the film feels deeply frustrated in quality, feeling genuinely modern quite a lot of the time despite being an old fashioned morality tale. The Pumpkin Eater strikes me as the best possible version of this particular work despite a very different subject matter, but something about the weirdly primitive attempts at being modern make me view this in the same light as fellow BP nominee Sound of Music, which is totally old fashioned to the point of straddling the line of charming/hokey. Do I like them? Do I not? Am I indifferent? Whatever. This ends on a great note, though, pun not intended.


Most Valuable Asset: A curiosity towards the Swinging 60s.
Most Excited For: Midnight Cowboy.
Did They Deserve a Spot?: Need to see some of his more acclaimed work.

Coming Up Next: A little Bob Fosse style.


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