PHX Film Collective is a group of film fans dedicated to bringing culturally relevant cinema to Central Phoenix. We partner with local businesses to put on screenings of classics, independent, foreign and art house cinema in interesting locations. Our goal is to eventually open an independent non-profit movie theatre to serve the Central Phoenix community.
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Midnight Cowboy 50th Anniversary Screening
At THE PARSONS CENTER FOR HEALTH AND WELLNESS / SOUTHWEST CENTER FOR HIV / AIDS Saturday, June 22 at 7:30pm
PHX Film Collective is proud to present this special 50th Anniversary screening of Midnight Cowboy at The Parsons Center for Health and Wellness / Southwest Center for HIV / AIDS. Made possible by our partners Phoenix Pride and Stacy's on Melrose.
1969 was a year of great transition in American movies. "Midnight Cowboy" endures as one of the most controversial, risky, and moving films of the late 1960s. Fifty years later, it holds up as an entertaining and mind-blowing experience.
Jon Voight is terrific as the naïve Texan Joe Buck, who travels to New York City with dreams of making it as a hustler to rich, lonely women. Disillusioned, broke, and haunted by his horrific past, he meets Enrico "Ratso" Rizzo (Dustin Hoffman), a sickly, limping con man. Hoffman, fresh from playing a clean-cut idealist in "The Graduate", delivers an unforgettable and heartbreaking performance. Together, Joe and Ratso develop a poignant friendship, even affection. Whether they have deeper feelings for each other is intriguingly ambiguous, and has been hotly debated.
The movie is visually dazzling, and sensationally directed by John Schlesinger from Waldo Salt's adaptation of James Leo Herlihy's novel, with great music by Harry Nilsson and John Barry. It also features some excellent supporting performances in memorable roles.
In June of 1969, one month after the release of "Midnight Cowboy", the Stonewall Inn Rebellion took place in Greenwich Village, which inspired the modern-day Gay Pride movement. While the depiction of homosexuality is not always positive, the film is a sobering reminder of the world before Stonewall, and the attitudes that fostered loneliness and desperation that the Stonewall uprising fought against.
In spite of its intensity and bleak outlook (New York City in the late 1960's had a horrible reputation as a crumbling, vice-ridden jungle), and its original X-rating (no one under 18 admitted, since changed to R), it was the second-biggest box-office draw of 1969, and won 3 Oscars, including Best Director, Screenplay, and Best Picture.
Prior to the film, there will be a presentation from PHX Film Collective secretary Tom Samp on the importantance of this film, as well as a celebration of the historic Stonewall uprising, which began the gay pride movement.
Location: Parsons Center for Health and Wellness / Southwest Center for HIV /AIDS 1101 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Rated R. 1hr 53 minutes.