Hollywood Director (02:41)
John Schlesinger, a voice of post-war British cinema, becomes a prominent director in America. He has an astute sense of character reality and embraces challenging subjects; see clips of several of his films.
Schlesinger's Background (03:51)
Schlesinger is born into an upper-middle-class Jewish family in Hampstead, London. He serves in the British Army, joins the drama society at Balliol College, acts, and begins making documentaries including "Terminus."
Schlesinger's Early Film (03:19)
Schlesinger is at the heart of British New Wave filmmaking. He releases "A Kind of Loving" in 1962 to great success.
Directing Julie Christie (07:23)
Schlesinger introduces Christie to the big screen in the 1963 film "Billy Liar." He directs her again in the 1965 film "Darling" and the 1967 film "Far from the Madding Crowd."
"Midnight Cowboy" (04:06)
Schlesinger's first American film, starring Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight, becomes one of the most important in his career. The film finds success with critics and audiences alike.
"Sunday Bloody Sunday" (07:10)
Schlesinger releases the British drama starring Peter Finch, Glenda Jackson, and Murray Head in 1971. He then releases the American films "The Day of the Locust" in 1975, and "Marathon Man" in 1976.
Schlesinger releases the war romance staring Richard Gere and Lisa Eichhorn in 1979. Critics label his first comedy, "Honky Tonk Freeway," a great folly.
Schlesinger's Later Films (08:07)
"The Falcon and the Snowman" highlights Schlesinger's fascination with espionage. He directs "The Believers," "Madame Sousatzka," and "Pacific Heights." Experts reflect on Schlesinger's legacy.
Credits: John Schlesinger (00:39)
Credits: John Schlesinger
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