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Paul Schrader

FULL NAME Paul Joseph Schrader
BORN 22 July 1946, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
ASSOCIATION

Director, screenwriter

NATIONALITY American
REVIEWED ENTRIES 5 (director)
5 (only writer)
MAX. RATING (director)
(only writer)
MIN. RATING (director)
(only writer)
AVERAGE RATING (DIRECTOR) 2.90

 

FILMOGRAPHY (ONLY REVIEWED ENTRIES)

YEAR TITLE ASSOCIATION

FILM RATING

1976 Taxi Driver Writer

1980 American Gigolo Director/Writer

1980 Raging Bull

Writer

1982 Cat People Director

1988 The Last Temptation of Christ

Writer

1996 City Hall

Writer

1997 Affliction Director/Writer

1999 Bringing Out the Dead Writer

2007 The Walker Director/Writer

2017 First Reformed Director/Writer

 

BIO

Paul Schrader started his career as a film critic, under the guidance and mentorship of Pauline Kael. When he tried his hand at writing scripts from the mid 1970s, he quickly became one of the most sought-after screenwriters in the business and thus an important voice and figure in the New Hollywood wave of filmmakers. He wrote the story and script for Martin Scorsese now classic Taxi Driver and followed up with more interesting writing with Obsession (1976), directed by Brian de Palma, and Rolling Thunder (1977) before making his directorial debut himself with the critically acclaimed Blue Collar (1978). His magnum opus as a director is considered by many to be American Gigolo. Still, Schrader continued to score larger successes as a screenwriter for big productions like Raging Bull (Scorsese, 1980), The Mosquito Coast (Weir, 1986), and The Last Temptation of Christ (Scorsese, 1988). In recent years, he has received some acclaim for his films Affliction (1997), which garnered James Coburn an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, The Canyons (2013) from a script by Bret Easton Ellis, and the hard-hitting First Reformed (2017) starring Ethan Hawke. A recurring motif in Schrader's films are young men who are living a life which in one way or another is in conflict with society's norms or their own convictions.