John Schlesinger

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John Richard Schlesinger , CBE (born February 16, 1926 in London , † July 25, 2003 in Palm Springs , Florida ) was a British director .


During his military service in World War II , he gained acting experience. He was a graduate of Balliol College .

He first worked for television, where he received the Golden Lion and a BAFTA in the category of best short film for the documentary Terminus in 1961 . His film debut Just a Touch of Bliss won him the Golden Bear at the 1962 Berlinale in 1962 . After the Thomas Hardy adaptation Die Herrin von Thornhill (1967) he moved to the USA. From then on he worked alternately in the USA and England. In 1969, he received the British Film Awards, an Oscar and a Directors Guild of America Award for best director of the year . In 1970 he was appointed Commander of the British Empire .

John Schlesinger lived with his partner, photographer Michael Childers , in Palm Springs, where he also died.

He is the uncle of Ian Buruma , who in 2016 wrote a research about his grandparents Bernard Schlesinger and Winifred Regensburg and their assimilation history in England.


  • Cast bronze medal 1983, one-sided, 115 mm. Medalist : Fred Kormis (1897–1986). Front: JOHN SCHLESINGER <> LONDON 1983 --- bust with dress attachment to the left, signed : KORMIS

Filmography (selection )

As a director

As a performer


Academy Awards

  • 1966: Nomination for Best Director Darling
  • 1970: Best Director, Midnight Cowboy
  • 1972: Nomination for best director Sunday Bloody Sunday

Golden Globe Awards

  • 1966: Nomination for Best Director Darling
  • 1970: Best Director, Midnight Cowboy
  • 1977: Nomination for Best Director, Marathon Man

British Academy Film Awards

  • 1962: best short film Terminus
  • 1966: Nomination for Best British Film Darling
  • 1970: Best Director, Midnight Cowboy
  • 1972: Best Director Sunday Bloody Sunday
  • 1980: BAFTA for Yanks
  • 1983: BAFTA TV Award for An Englishman Abroad
  • 1985: BAFTA TV Award for Screen One with Innes Lloyd and Alan Bennett
  • 1992: Academy Fellowship


  • 1962: Best directed by A Kind of Loving
  • 1969: Best Director, Midnight Cowboy


  • 1970: Best non-European film (Bedste ikke-europæiske film) for Midnight Cowboy

CableACE Awards

  • 1985: Nomination for An Englishman Abroad


  • 1996: Special Award Film Direction with a Special Visual Sensitivity

Cinequest San Jose Film Festival

  • 1998: Maverick Tribute Award

David di Donatello

  • 1970: Best foreign director (Migliore Regista Straniero) for Midnight Cowboy
  • 1972: Best Foreign Director (Migliore Regista Straniero) for Sunday Bloody Sunday
  • 1980: Best directed for Yanks

Directors Guild of America

  • 1966: Best Director for Darling
  • 1970: Best directed for Midnight Cowboy with: Burtt Harris
  • 1972: Nominated for Best Director for Sunday Bloody Sunday

Directors Guild of Great Britain

  • 2002: Lifetime Achievement Award

Evening Standard British Film Awards

  • 1981: Yanks

Hamptons International Film Festival

  • 1995: Distinguished Achievement Award

Hollywood Film Awards

  • 1999: Outstanding Achievement in Directing

Nastro d'Argento

  • 1970: Best foreign director (Regista del Miglior Film Straniero) for Midnight Cowboy

Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards

  • 1969: Best Director for Midnight Cowboy

LA Outfest

  • 1997: Outfest Achievement Award

Laurel Awards

  • 1971: 8th place in the nomination for best director

Moscow International Film Festival

  • 1965: Nomination for the Grand Prix Darling

National Board of Review

  • 1979: Yanks
  • 1966: Darling

New York Film Critics Circle Awards

  • 1965: Darling

Palm Springs International Film Festival

  • 2001: Career Achievement Award

Golden Raspberry

  • 2001: Nomination for The Next Best Thing

Telluride Film Festival

  • 1995: Silver Medallion Award

USC Scripter Award

  • 1990: Nomination for Madame Sousatzka together with Ruth Prawer Jhabvala and Bernice Rubens

Venice International Film Festival

  • 1988: Nomination for Madame Sousatzka
  • 1963: Nomination for Billy Liar

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Randomhouse
  2. ^ Ian Buruma: Their Promised Land: My Grandparents in Love and War . London: Atlantic, 2016.