Paul Schrader

Paul Schrader – American Gigolo (1980)

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Julian makes a lucrative living as an escort to older women in the Los Angeles area. He begins a relationship with Michelle, a local politician’s wife, without expecting any pay. One of his clients is murdered and Detective Sunday begins pumping him for details on his different clients, something he is reluctant to do considering the nature of his work. Julian begins to suspect he’s being framed. Read More »

Paul Schrader – Blue Collar (1978)

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Paul Schrader’s directorial debut examines the trials of Detroit autoworkers living at the mercy of a heartless corporation and a corrupt union. Surviving from paycheck to paycheck, Checker Cab assembly linemen Zeke (Richard Pryor), Jerry (Harvey Keitel), and Smokey (Yaphet Kotto) scrape by and take pleasure in a few rounds of beer or bowling (and occasional illicit amusements). But when their money troubles pile up, Jerry and Smokey join Zeke in a desperate plan to steal cash from their local union office. Along with a piddling $600, they unexpectedly swipe evidence of union corruption. Read More »

Paul Schrader – Dark (2017)

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“Dark” was filmed in 2013 and released in 2014 under the titled “Dying of the Light.” That film was taken from me after the first director’s cut, re-edited as well as scored and mixed without my input. I offered to revisit the film, cut and mix a new version at my own expense but was denied permission by the producers. This cut, now called “Dark,” was created using work print DVDs. I had no access to the original hi-res footage and unmixed sound. I tried to used those limitations to my advantage when creating this new film. I had been working toward a more aggressive editing style when “Dying of the Light” was taken away. “Dark” represents the direction I was hoping to go. “Dark” was not created for exhibition or personal gain. It is for the historical record. A digital file of the film can be seen by prior request at the UCLA Film Archives in Los Angeles, the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas, Austin and the Museum of Modern Art film department in New York City.
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Paul Schrader – Cat People (1982)

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Plot :The Cat People originated way back in time, when humans sacrificed their women to Leopards, who mated with them. Cat People look similar to humans, but must mate with other Cat People. We follow brother and sister – who seem to be the only ones of their kind left Read More »

Paul Schrader – The Walker (2007)

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Review From Times Online
Woody Harrelson’s lesson in The Walker: don’t cross a venomous Washington wife
By James Christopher

A scene in The Walker in which Woody Harrelson undresses himself for bed is one of the most telling strips of film Paul Schrader has shot. The gay hero is dismantling his smooth public image in front of an expensive dressing-room mirror. He presses chunky cufflinks into plush velvet cushions. He pins an immaculately folded tie to a white satin tray. The piece-de-resistance is a state-of-the-art hairpiece. Once this is peeled off, the rest of our hero’s beauty tips unravel in seconds. Read More »

Paul Schrader – First Reformed (2017)

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A priest of a small congregation in upstate New York grapples with mounting despair brought on by tragedy, worldly concerns and a tormented past. Read More »

Paul Schrader – Hardcore [+commentaries] (1979)

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A conservative Midwest businessman ventures into the sordid underworld of pornography in California to look for his runaway teenage daughter who is making porno films in California’s porno pits. Read More »