John Schlesinger Overview:

Director, John Schlesinger, was born John Richard Schlesinger on Feb 16, 1926 in London, England. Schlesinger died at the age of 77 on Jul 25, 2003 in Palm Springs, CA .



John Schlesinger was nominated for three Academy Awards, winning one for Best Director for Midnight Cowboy in 1969.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1965Best DirectorDarling (1965)N/ANominated
1969Best DirectorMidnight Cowboy (1969)N/AWon
1971Best DirectorSunday Bloody Sunday (1971)N/ANominated

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Midnight Cowboy (1969, )

By Andrew Wickliffe on Nov 20, 2016 From The Stop Button

Midnight Cowboy gets to be a character study, but doesn?t start as one, which is an interesting situation. About forty-five minutes into the film, which runs just shy of two hours, Midnight Cowboy chucks the narrative urgency. Maybe not chucks, maybe just shuts down, because it does take the film a ... Read full article

The Day of the Locust (1975, )

By Andrew Wickliffe on Aug 22, 2016 From The Stop Button

The Day of the Locust is a gentle film, at least in terms of Schlesinger’s direction, Conrad L. Hall’s cinematography and John Barry’s score. The film’s softly lit but with a whole lot of focus. Schlesinger wants to make sure the audience gets to see every part of the actors&... Read full article

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Schlesinger envisioned a cast of Al Pacino, Julie Christie and Laurence Olivier for Marathon Man (1976). Pacino has said that the only actress he had ever wanted to work with was Christie, who he claimed was "the most poetic of actresses." Producer Robert Evans, who disparaged the vertically challenged Pacino as "The Midget" when Francis Ford Coppola wanted him for The Godfather (1972) and had thought of firing him during the early shooting of the now-classic film, vetoed Pacino for the lead. Instead, Evans insisted on the casting of the even-shorter Dustin Hoffman! On her part, Christie -- who was notoriously finicky about accepting parts, even in prestigious, sure-fire material -- turned down the female lead, which was then taken by Marthe Keller (who, ironically, became Pacino's lover after co-starring with him in Bobby Deerfield (1977)). Of his dream cast, Schlesinger only got Olivier, who was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar. "Ma

Was offered A Clockwork Orange (1971) to direct but passed on the project because of the violence of the project.

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