The authorised biography of John Schlesinger. The author has the full co-operation of Jon Schlesinger, including unprecedented access to Schlesinger's personal tape recordings that he made during his career and to his voluminous correspondence. The book will also include interviews with many of the stars that have worked with Schlesinger. John Schlesinger made stars of Dustin Hoffman, Jon Voight, Julie Christie, Alan Bates and Sean Penn. He has resurrected the careers of Laurence Olivier and Shirley MacLaine. He's directed Richard Gere, Anthony Hopkins, Sally Field, Vanessa Redgrave, Ed Harris, Michael Keaton, Ian McKellan, Dirk Bogarde, Glenda Jackson, Peter Finch, Martin Sheen, Geraldine Page, Karen Black, both Donald and Kiefer Sutherland, and of course, Madonna. His many films include Midnight Cowboy (Academy Award for Best Picture), Far from the Madding Crowd, Marathon Man and Sunday, Bloody Sunday. Schlesinger also directed films for the BBC including Cold Comfort Farm, Separate Tables, A Question of Attribution and An Englishman Abroad.
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William J Mann is the author of Wisecracker, a biography of William Haines and Behind the Screen: How Gays and Lesbians Shaped Hollywood.From Publishers Weekly:
"There never was anything else," British film director John Schlesinger confided about his life's work. Frail and slowed by a stroke in 2000, the subject of this moving, comprehensive and at times dishy biography shared these pearls with Mann just before his death in 2003. A prolific filmmaker and prominent figure of the British "New Wave," Schlesinger was a born director, according to his siblings. He was both iconoclastic-openly gay before it was fashionable or the least bit acceptable-and fortunate enough to begin his career at a time when British cinema was mining the gritty world of the working class. Amid the recollections of swinging London in the '60s and the descriptions of Schlesinger triumphs, such as Darling (1965), Midnight Cowboy (1969), Marathon Man (1976) and Cold Comfort Farm (1996), Mann covers a prolific career that encompassed film, theater and television. (Schlesinger cut his cinematic teeth on BBC programs.) The author also explains with both detachment and empathy Schlesinger's efforts to bring homosexuality to the screen with a kind of eloquence typically only afforded to heterosexual love affairs. Schlesinger did so with Sunday Bloody Sunday, A Kind of Loving and, through subtext, Midnight Cowboy, which won him an Oscar but was summarily trashed by the old Hollywood guard, who feared the continuation of the celebration of sleaze. The trashing certainly didn't harm Schlesinger's social life, however. His home remained a salon for Hollywood's biggest stars, as well as literary legends and infamous party hounds. Mann writes with a tenderness and admiration about a director who only occasionally enjoyed great success but maintained a great talent for exploring human relationships no matter how unconventional or untidy. 30 b&w photos.
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Book Description Hutchinson, 2004. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0091794897