Sunday, June 03, 2007

Midnight Cowboy

A dimwitted, goodhearted southern boy arrives in New York to make a living hustling; his dim wits trump his eager enthusiasm and he's soon down on his luck and grateful to be invited to stay with Rizzo, a closeted, squatting-in-a-condemned-building, small-time-crook; the film patiently follows them as their friendship becomes a sustaining grace in a hostile and relentless world. I loved the film's visual style and the regular divergences into dreams, fantasies and memories; the script, the performances, the direction, the art direction, the music and the cinematography work together to make this just the kind of film I like.