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John Schlesinger is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter and Producer British born on 16 february 1926 at London (United-kingdom)

John Schlesinger

John Schlesinger
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Birth name John Richard Schlesinger
Nationality United-kingdom
Birth 16 february 1926 at London (United-kingdom)
Death 25 july 2003 (at 77 years) at Palm Springs (USA)
Awards Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, Academy Award for Best Director

John Richard Schlesinger, CBE (/ˈʃlɛsɪndʒər/; 16 February 1926 – 25 July 2003) was an English film and stage director, and actor. He won an Academy Award for Best Director for Midnight Cowboy, and was nominated for two other films (Darling and Sunday Bloody Sunday).

Biography

Débuts
John Schlesinger est né à Londres dans une famille juive appartenant à la classe moyenne, fils de Winifred Henrietta (née Regensburg) et de Bernard Edward Schlesinger, médecin. Après avoir terminé ses études à l'école d'Uppingham, puis au Balliol College de l'université d'Oxford, il commença à travailler comme acteur pour la télévision.


Carrière
L'une de ses premières réalisations, le court métrage documentaire Terminus (1961), lui vaut d'obtenir le prix de la British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) du meilleur court-métrage.

Ses deux premiers longs métrages de fiction, Un amour pas comme les autres (A Kind of Loving, 1962), couronné par l'Ours d'or au Festival de Berlin l'année de sa sortie, et Billy le menteur (Billy Liar, 1963) décrivent la vie triste et ordinaire de gens simples du Nord de l'Angleterre. Son troisième film, Darling (1965), qui remporte entre autres récompenses trois Oscars (dont ceux de la meilleure actrice pour Julie Christie et du meilleur scénario original pour Frederic Raphael) et quatre BAFTAs, se conçoit comme une peinture acerbe du mode de vie urbain moderne dans la capitale britannique. C'est l'un des premiers films à évoquer le Swinging London. Son film suivant, sorti en 1967, est une adaptation du célèbre roman homonyme de Thomas Hardy, Loin de la foule déchaînée (Far from the Madding Crowd). C'est cependant en 1969 que Schlesinger connaît son plus grand succès, avec Macadam cow-boy (Midnight Cowboy), salué à travers le monde, qui lui vaut les Oscars du meilleur film et du meilleur réalisateur.

Parmi les films qui suivent figurent Un dimanche comme les autres (Sunday Bloody Sunday, 1971), Le Jour du fléau (The Day of the Locust, 1975), Marathon Man (1976), Yanks (1979), Fenêtre sur Pacifique (Pacific Heights, 1990), A Question of Attribution (1991), réalisé pour la télévision, L'Innocent (The Innocent, 1993) et Un couple presque parfait (The Next Best Thing, 2000).

Au théâtre, Schlesinger dirige Timon d'Athènes (Timon of Athens) (1965) pour la Royal Shakespeare Company et le spectacle musical I and Albert (1972) au Piccadilly Theatre de Londres. À partir de 1973, il exerce la fonction de directeur associé du Royal National Theatre.

Fait notable, Schlesinger a également réalisé un court métrage pour le compte du Parti conservateur britannique, dans le cadre des élections générales de 1992 au Royaume-Uni. Ce spot montre le Premier Ministre John Major retournant à Brixton dans la partie sud de Londres, là où il a passé son adolescence, ce qui souligne les origines humbles (et atypiques pour un conservateur traditionnel) de cet homme politique.

Ouvertement homosexuel, Schlesinger traite de ce sujet dans Macadam Cowboy, Un dimanche comme les autres et Un couple presque parfait.


Mort
Schlesinger dut subir un quadruple pontage en 1998, avant d'être victime d'un accident cérébrovasculaire en décembre 2000. Le 24 juillet 2003, le respirateur artificiel qui le maintenait en vie au Desert Regional Medical Center de Palm Springs (Californie) fut débranché en présence de celui qui fut le compagnon du réalisateur pendant plus de trente ans, le photographe Michael Childers. Tôt le lendemain, Schlesinger est décédé à l'âge de 77 ans.

Best films

Midnight Cowboy (1969)
(Director)
Marathon Man (1976)
(Director)
Darling (1965)
(Director)

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Source : Wikidata

Filmography of John Schlesinger (32 films)

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Actor

The Twilight of the Golds, 1h32
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Films about sexuality, Théâtre, LGBT-related films, Films based on plays, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Garry Marshall, Faye Dunaway, Jennifer Beals, Brendan Fraser, Sean O'Bryan, Jon Tenney
Roles Dr. Adrian Lodge
Rating64% 3.2488753.2488753.2488753.2488753.248875
Après un examen génétique, Suzanne Stein est informée que l'enfant qu'elle va mettre au monde sera gai comme son précédent. Elle projette d'avorter mais ne parvient pas à se décider.
The Celluloid Closet, 1h47
Directed by Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman
Origin USA
Genres Documentary, Historical
Themes Films about films, Films about sexuality, Bisexuality-related films, LGBT-related films, Documentary films about business, Documentary films about the film industry, Documentaire sur l'homosexualité, Documentary films about cities, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Susan Sarandon, Lily Tomlin, Armistead Maupin, Arthur Laurents, Antonio Fargas, Tom Hanks
Roles Himself
Rating77% 3.8956753.8956753.8956753.8956753.895675
Le film montre comment le cinéma hollywoodien a évoqué le thème de l’homosexualité, comment cette représentation a évolué au fil des ans et comment, en retour, elle a influencé la perception de l’homosexualité par le grand public.
Pacific Heights, 1h42
Directed by John Schlesinger
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Crime
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about psychiatry
Actors Melanie Griffith, Matthew Modine, Michael Keaton, Laurie Metcalf, Mako Iwamatsu, Nobu McCarthy
Roles Man in Elevator (uncredited)
Rating63% 3.1993053.1993053.1993053.1993053.199305
Carter Hayes (Michael Keaton) is in bed with a woman, Ann Miller (Beverly D'Angelo) when he is suddenly attacked and beaten by two men. After the men have left, Hayes tells Ann, "The worst is over". He says he is planning to head out and see his family.
Darling
Darling (1965)
, 2h8
Directed by John Schlesinger
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Comedy-drama, Romance
Actors Julie Christie, Laurence Harvey, Dirk Bogarde, José Luis de Vilallonga, Umberto Raho, Vernon Dobtcheff
Roles Theatre Director (uncredited)
Rating70% 3.547573.547573.547573.547573.54757
Diana Scott (Julie Christie) is a beautiful, bored young model married to Tony Bridges (Trevor Bowen). One day, Diana meets Robert Gold (Dirk Bogarde), a literary interviewer/director for television arts programmes, by chance when she is spotted on the street by his roving film crew and interviewed by him about young people's views on convention. Diana is invited to watch the final edit in the TV studio and there their relationship starts. After liaisons in bleak hotel rooms they leave their spouses (and, in Robert's case, children) and move into an apartment.
Billy Liar
Billy Liar (1963)
, 1h38
Directed by John Schlesinger
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Fantasy, Romance
Actors Tom Courtenay, Julie Christie, Mona Washbourne, Finlay Currie, Leonard Rossiter, Gwendolyn Watts
Roles Officer in Dream (uncredited)
Rating72% 3.646233.646233.646233.646233.64623
Billy Fisher (Tom Courtenay) lives in Yorkshire with his parents (Wilfred Pickles and Mona Washbourne) and grandmother (Ethel Griffies), and works as an undertakers' clerk overseen by the rigid Mr. Shadrack (Leonard Rossiter). Billy wishes to get away from his stifling job and family life. To escape the boredom of his humdrum existence, he constantly daydreams and fantasizes, often picturing himself as the ruler and military hero of an imaginary country called Ambrosia. He also makes up stories about himself and his family, causing him to be nicknamed "Billy Liar".
Brothers in Law, 1h34
Directed by John Boulting, Roy Boulting
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy
Actors Richard Attenborough, Ian Carmichael, Terry-Thomas, Jill Adams, Leslie Phillips, Miles Malleson
Roles Assize Court Solicitor
Rating65% 3.295433.295433.295433.295433.29543
Roger Thursby est un avocat débutant, plein d’idéaux, mais ses collègues avocats le trouvent un peu trop enthousiaste à leur goût…
The Battle of the River Plate, 1h59
Directed by Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, War, Action, Adventure, Historical
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films, La bataille de l'Atlantique, Political films
Actors John Gregson, Anthony Quayle, Peter Finch, Ian Hunter, Bernard Lee, Patrick Macnee
Rating65% 3.2976153.2976153.2976153.2976153.297615
In the early months of the Second World War, Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine sends out merchant raiders to attack Allied shipping. The Royal Navy responds with hunting groups whose mission is to stop them. The group that finds the heavily armed pocket battleship Admiral Graf Spee near South America is outgunned: Graf Spee is equipped with long-range 11-inch guns, while the British heavy cruiser Exeter has much lighter 8-inch guns, and the light cruisers Ajax and Achilles have 6-inch guns. Despite this, they go straight to the attack.
The Last Man to Hang, 1h15
Directed by Terence Fisher
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Crime
Actors Tom Conway, Elizabeth Sellars, Eunyce Gayson, Freda Jackson, Victor Maddern, Ronald Simpson
Roles Dr. Goldfinger
Rating60% 3.008523.008523.008523.008523.00852
Un jury doit décider si Sir Roderick Strood a empoisonné sa femme Daphné, ou si sa mort est accidentelle.
The Divided Heart, 1h29
Directed by Charles Crichton
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama
Themes Films about adoption, Films about children, Films about families
Actors Cornell Borchers, Yvonne Mitchell, Alexander Knox, Geoffrey Keen, Liam Redmond, Ferdy Mayne
Roles Ticket Collector
Rating68% 3.4244753.4244753.4244753.4244753.424475
During World War II, a three-year-old boy is found wandering alone in Germany. No family can be traced, and it is presumed that his parents and siblings have been casualties of war. The child is placed in an orphanage, from where he is subsequently adopted by a childless couple, whom he grows to love and accept as his parents. When the boy is 10 years old, his natural mother is found alive in Yugoslavia where she has survived the war as a refugee. She returns to Germany to claim her child, having lost her husband and two other children in the war. The film focuses on the moral dilemma of the situation: should the child remain with the adoptive parents who have given him a loving and happy home, or be returned to his natural mother who has lost everything else, and to what extent should the child's own wishes be taken into account? The case is finally referred to a three-man court, who will decide the child's future. As in the true story on which the film is based, he is returned to his biological mother.

Director

The Next Best Thing, 1h48
Directed by John Schlesinger
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romance
Themes Films about families, Pregnancy films, Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related films, Homoparentalité, LGBT-related film
Actors Madonna, Rupert Everett, Benjamin Bratt, Michael Vartan, Josef Sommer, Lynn Redgrave
Rating47% 2.3543752.3543752.3543752.3543752.354375
Two best friends – one a straight woman, Abbie, the other a gay man, Robert – decide to have a child together. Five years later, Abbie falls in love with a heterosexual man and wants to move away with him and Robert's little boy Sam, and a nasty custody battle ensues.
The Tale of Sweeney Todd, 1h38
Directed by John Schlesinger
Genres Drama, Thriller, Horror
Themes Serial killer films
Actors Ben Kingsley, Joanna Lumley, Campbell Scott, Katharine Schlesinger
Rating62% 3.100293.100293.100293.100293.10029
Set in 19th Century London, the story focuses on Sweeney Todd (Ben Kingsley), a murderous barber whose business provides him with two profitable sidelines, the sale of his victims' jewelry and the disposal of their bodies to his mistress Mrs. Lovett (Joanna Lumley), who uses them to prepare meat pies for her unsuspecting clientele.