Desperate Souls, Dark City and The Legend of Midnight Cowboy
USA, Feature Documentary, 2022, 101 min
This is not a documentary about the making of Midnight Cowboy, the first X-rated film to win an Oscar. It is about a humane and groundbreaking masterpiece and the flawed but gifted people who made it. It is about the 1960’s, a troubled era of cultural ferment, about social and political change, and about broken dreams and strivers, then and now. It is about an era that made a movie and a movie that made an era. Featuring extensive archival material and compelling new interviews, director Nancy Buirski illuminates how one film captured the essence of a time and a place, reflecting a rapidly changing society with striking clarity. Based on the New York Times bestseller, Shooting Midnight Cowboy: Art, Sex, Liberation and the Making of a Dark Classic, by Glenn Frankel.
Directed by Nancy Buirski