Trying to pinpoint a theory on what this story is about is such a waste of breath. Everything probably meant some dream-induced thing to Altman when he created it, but there's just as much in the improvisation from the actresses to place it as some shared thing. Scenes contradict themselves with their dialogue, never allowing us to figure out a whole lot about them - but there's enough of a consistent symbology going on that can help gauge a thorough-line,…
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Can we stop excluding Midnight Cowboy from recognition as a queer love story?
The basic outline of Midnight Cowboy is this: a young Texan man (played by Jon Voight) decides he wants to move to New York City and become a hustler. His main aspiration in life? To find a rich woman and live off of her and simply aim to please her. He moves, he’s stuck in the city, and he doesn’t find the success that he saw in…