Edge of Midnight: The Life of John Schlesinger

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9780099451884: Edge of Midnight: The Life of John Schlesinger

John Schlesinger's extraordinary career in cinema, stage, opera, and television spanned half a century. It was, however, his films that made him famous, including such classics as Billy Liar, Darling, Midnight Cowboy, Sunday Bloody Sunday, Day of the Locust, and Marathon Man, as well as The Falcon and the Snowman, Madame Sousatzka, and Pacific Heights. In Edge of Midnight, best-selling author and historian William J. Mann chronicles Schlesinger's life and career-from his early documentary days at the BBC to his Academy Award for the X-rated Midnight Cowboy and his glittering nights as a Hollywood host. The author draws on Schlesinger's tapes, diaries, production notes, and correspondence, as well as on interviews with Schlesinger, his family, his partner of 36 years, and his friends. Also included are revelatory, often hilarious anecdotes about, and interviews with, such celebrities as Sir Laurence Olivier, Julie Christie, Dustin Hoffman, Glenda Jackson, Dirk Bogarde, Ian McKellen, Sean Penn, Sally Field, Rupert Everett, and Madonna. This fascinating biography of Schlesinger, who died in 2003, will be a must-have for every film buff.

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William J. Mann is the author of two previous Hollywood history best-sellers, Behind the Screen: How Gays and Lesbians Shaped Hollywood and Wisecracker: The Life and Times of William Haines, as well as three novels. He lives in Provincetown, MA.

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"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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WILLIAM J. MANN
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