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Paul Schrader

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Date of Birth:
22 July 1946Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

Birth Name:
Paul Joseph Schrader

Height:
5' 8" (1.73 m)

Short Biography:
Although his name is often linked to that of the "movie brat" generation (Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas, Brian De Palma, etc.) Paul Schrader's background couldn't have been more different than theirs. His strict Calvinist parents refused to allow him to see a film until he was 18. Although he more than made up for lost time when studying at Calvin College, Columbia University and UCLA's graduate film program, his influences were far removed from those of his contemporaries--Robert Bresson, Yasujirô Ozu and Carl Theodor Dreyer (about whom he wrote a book, "Transcendental Style in Film") rather than Saturday-morning serials. After a period as a film critic (and protégé of Pauline Kael), he began writing screenplays, hitting the jackpot when he and his brother, Leonard Schrader (a Japanese expert), were paid the then-record sum of $325,000, thus establishing his reputation as one of Hollywood's top screenwriters, which was consolidated when Martin Scorsese filmed Schrader's script Taxi Driver (1976), written in the early 1970s during a bout of drinking and depression. The success of the film allowed Schrader to start directing his own films, which have been notable for their willingness to take stylistic and thematic risks while still working squarely within the Hollywood system. The most original of his films (which he and many others regard as his best) was the Japanese co-production Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985).

First Reformed (2017)

# 14776 IMDb R 

First Reformed (2017)

By Paul Schrader

Drama, Thriller (1h 53min)

USA USA

Fine! Rated 7.2 after 9,672 votes on 03-Sep-18.

4 wins & 7 nominations

Forty-six year old Reverend Ernst Toller is the pastor at the historic First Reformed Church in upstate New York. It is seen as the "tourist" church or the "souvenir shop" (its historical significance partly it being a stop on the underground railroad before the slaves crossed into Canada) by Abundant Life, which owns the church and which operates a modern self-named five thousand seat church (...)

Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015)

# 13258 IMDb

Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015)

TaglineThe Greatest Story Hitchcock Ever Told

By Kent Jones

Documentary (1h 19min)

France France, USA USA

Fine! Rated 7.4 after 3,116 votes on 04-Mar-17.

1 win & 1 nomination

In 1962 Hitchcock and Truffaut locked themselves away in Hollywood for a week to excavate the secrets behind the mise-en-scène in cinema. Based on the original recordings of this meeting-used to produce the mythical book Hitchcock/Truffaut-this film illustrates the greatest cinema lesson of all time and plummets us into the world of the creator of Psycho, The Birds, and Vertigo. Hitchcock's (...)

Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic (2013)

# 14873 IMDb R 

Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic (2013)

By Marina Zenovich

Documentary, Biography (1h 23min)

USA USA

Fine! Rated 7.3 after 1,244 votes on 17-Dec-18.

1 win & 2 nominations

The life and times of Richard Pryor.

Milius (2013)

# 14161 IMDb PG 

Milius (2013)

TaglineThe true story of the greatest filmmaker you never knew

By Joey Figueroa, Zak Knutson

Documentary, Biography, Drama (1h 43min)

USA USA

Fine! Rated 7.5 after 1,636 votes on 30-Oct-18.

1 win & 1 nomination

A look at the life of filmmaker John Milius.

These Amazing Shadows (2011)

# 12432 IMDb

These Amazing Shadows (2011)

TaglineCulturally, historically or aesthetically significant

By Paul Mariano, Kurt Norton

Documentary (1h 28min)

USA USA

Fine! Rated 7.6 after 1,467 votes on 30-Aug-18.

3 wins & 1 nomination

What do the films Casablanca, Blazing Saddles, and West Side Story have in common? Besides being popular, they have also been deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant," by the Library of Congress and listed on the National Film Registry. These Amazing Shadows tells the history and importance of The Registry, a roll call of American cinema treasures that reflects the (...)

Tales from the Script (2009)

# 07097 IMDb

Tales from the Script (2009)

TaglineHollywood screenwriters finally get the last word.

By Peter Hanson

Documentary (1h 45min)

USA USA

Fine! Rated 7.1 after 1,366 votes on 05-Oct-18.

Shane Black ("Lethal Weapon"), John Carpenter ("Halloween"), Frank Darabont ("The Shawshank Redemption"), William Goldman ("The Princess Bride"), Paul Schrader ("Taxi Driver"), and dozens of other Hollywood screenwriters share hilarious anecdotes and penetrating insights in "Tales from the Script," the most comprehensive documentary ever made about screenwriting. By analyzing their triumphs and (...)

Adam Resurrected (2008)

# 05854 IMDb

Adam Resurrected (2008)

TaglineIn a world gone mad, being insane was just a way to fit in.

By Paul Schrader

Drama, War (1h 46min)

Germany Germany, USA USA, Israel Israel

Rated 6.3 after 3,381 votes on 05-Nov-18.

1 win

"Adam Resurrected" follows the story of Adam Stein, a charismatic patient at a mental institution for Holocaust survivors in Israel, 1961. He reads minds and confounds his doctors, lead by Nathan Gross. Before the war, in Berlin, Adam was an entertainer--cabaret impresario, circus owner, magician, musician--loved by audiences and Nazis alike until he finds himself in a concentration camp, (...)

The Walker (2007)

# 03425 IMDb

The Walker (2007)

By Paul Schrader

Drama (1h 47min)

USA USA, UK UK

Rated 5.9 after 4,959 votes on 10-Dec-18.

1 win

An escort (Harrelson) who caters to Washington D.C.'s society ladies becomes involved in a murder case.

Auto Focus (2002)

# 13727 IMDb

Auto Focus (2002)

TaglineA day without sex is a day wasted.

By Paul Schrader

Biography, Crime, Drama (1h 45min)

USA USA

Rated 6.6 after 12,207 votes on 08-Oct-18.

6 nominations

In 1965, Bob Crane, who had achieved some earlier success as a television supporting actor, was working as a successful morning radio DJ at KNX Los Angeles. Despite enjoying his work, photography (especially of the female form) and drumming, Crane wanted to be a movie star. So it was with some reluctance that he accepted the title starring role in a new television sitcom called Hogan's Heroes (...)

Bringing Out the Dead (1999)

# 01994 IMDb

Bringing Out the Dead (1999)

By Martin Scorsese

Drama, Thriller (2h 01min)

USA USA

Rated 6.8 after 57,540 votes on 30-Sep-18.

2 wins & 4 nominations

An Easter story. Frank is a Manhattan medic, working graveyard in a two-man ambulance team. He's burned out, exhausted, seeing ghosts, especially a young woman he failed to save six months' before, and no longer able to save people: he brings in the dead. We follow him for three nights, each with a different partner: Larry, who thinks about dinner, Marcus, who looks to Jesus, and Tom, who wallops (...)

Affliction (1997)

# 04331 IMDb R 

Affliction (1997)

TaglineWade Whitehouse is frightened to death of following in his father's footsteps.

By Paul Schrader

Drama, Mystery, Thriller (1h 54min)

USA USA, Canada Canada

Fine! Rated 7.0 after 13,366 votes on 26-Oct-18.

Won Oscar. Another 7 wins & 19 nominations

A deeply troubled small town cop investigates a suspicious hunting death while events occur that cause him to mentally disintergrate.

City Hall (1996)

# 03031 IMDb

City Hall (1996)

TaglineMurder...Corruption...Cover-up...Scandal...

By Harold Becker

Drama, Thriller (1h 51min)

USA USA

Rated 6.2 after 18,082 votes on 29-Sep-18.

1 nomination

One seemingly routine morning, a little boy is shot dead in the cross fire between a drug dealer and a narcotics detective in a predominantly black New York City neighborhood. John Pappas, the idealistic mayor of the city, cleverly prevents a race riot, and everything seems to be OK. However, things get complicated again when Kevin Calhoun, Pappas's loyal chief of staff, who is even more (...)

Light Sleeper (1992)

# 14966 IMDb R 

Light Sleeper (1992)

TaglineA story about the discovery of the spirit, the Lure of Decadence, and the Chance for Escape. [Australia theatrical]

By Paul Schrader

Crime, Drama (1h 43min)

USA USA

Rated 6.9 after 4,508 votes on 30-Oct-18.

1 win & 6 nominations

A drug dealer with upscale clientele is having moral problems going about his daily deliveries. A reformed addict, he has never gotten over the wife that left him, and the couple that use him for deliveries worry about his mental well-being and his effectiveness at his job. Meanwhile someone is killing women in apparently drug-related incidents.

The Comfort of Strangers (1990)

# 12305 IMDb

The Comfort of Strangers (1990)

TaglineThe appearance of innocence. The heat of desire...

By Paul Schrader

Drama, Thriller (1h 47min)

USA USA, Italy Italy, UK UK

Rated 6.4 after 3,758 votes on 21-Oct-18.

1 win

An English couple holiday in Venice to sort out their relationship. There is some friction and distance between them, and we also sense they are being watched. One evening, they lose their way looking for a restaurant, and a stranger invites them to accompany him. He plies them with wine and grotesque stories from his childhood. They leave disoriented, physically ill, and morally repelled. But, (...)

The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)

# 00264 IMDb

The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)

By Martin Scorsese

Drama (2h 44min)

USA USA

Fine! Rated 7.6 after 45,174 votes on 25-Nov-18.

Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win & 5 nominations

The carpenter Jesus of Nazareth, tormented by the temptations of demons, the guilt of making crosses for the Romans, pity for men and the world, and the constant call of God, sets out to find what God wills for him. But as his mission nears fulfillment, he must face the greatest temptation: the normal life of a good man. Based, not on the Gospels, but on Nikos Kazantzakis' novel of the same name.

The Mosquito Coast (1986)

# 03682 IMDb

The Mosquito Coast (1986)

TaglineAllie Fox followed his dream to the Mosquito Coast. He planned a paradise. He created a Hell.

By Peter Weir

Adventure, Drama, Thriller (1h 57min)

USA USA

Rated 6.6 after 24,050 votes on 28-Sep-18.

1 win & 3 nominations

Allie Fox has never been a man to do things by the book. An avid inventor, he is a troubled genuis given to intense moods and an incredible drive. Seemingly on a whim, he shifts his family to the jungles of Central America, telling his children that America "is gone". Determined to create a civilization better than the one he has abandoned, Fox's obsession and mania might pull his family through, (...)

Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985)

# 01370 IMDb

Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985)

TaglineOn November 25, 1970, Japan's greatest author Yukio Mishima commited an act that shocked the literary world...

By Paul Schrader

Biography, Drama (2h 01min)

USA USA

Fine! Rated 7.9 after 6,677 votes on 09-Oct-18.

1 win & 1 nomination

A fictionalized account in four segments of the life of Japan's celebrated twentieth-century author Yukio Mishima. Three of the segments parallel events in Mishima's life with his novels (The Temple of the Golden Pavilion (Kinkaku-ji), Kyoko's House, and Runaway Horses), while the fourth depicts 25 November 1970, "The Last Day"...

Cat People (1982)

# 02811 IMDb

Cat People (1982)

TaglineThey Are Something More Than Lovers Who Are About To Become Something Less Than Human.

By Paul Schrader

Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller (1h 58min)

USA USA

Rated 6.1 after 16,617 votes on 04-Oct-18.

3 nominations

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...

American Gigolo (1980)

# 00667 IMDb

American Gigolo (1980)

TaglineHe's the highest paid lover in Beverly Hills. He leaves women feeling more alive than they've ever felt before. Except one.

By Paul Schrader

Drama, Crime, Romance, Thriller (1h 57min)

USA USA

Rated 6.3 after 18,755 votes on 13-Dec-18.

2 nominations

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. (...)

Raging Bull (1980)

# 00130 IMDb TOP250 #125

Raging Bull (1980)

By Martin Scorsese

Biography, Drama, Sport (2h 09min)

USA USA

Fine! Rated 8.2 after 276,515 votes on 05-Oct-18.

Won 2 Oscars. Another 18 wins & 17 nominations

Based on the life and career of boxer Jake LaMotta, Raging Bull focuses on Jake's rage and violence that makes him virtually unstoppable in the ring. The same anger also drives Jake to beat his wife and his brother Joey, and sends Jake down a self-destructive spiral of paranoia and rage.

Hardcore (1979)

# 09455 IMDb

Hardcore (1979)

TaglineOh my God, that's my daughter.

By Paul Schrader

Drama (1h 49min)

USA USA

Fine! Rated 7.0 after 6,932 votes on 07-Nov-18.

1 nomination

Jake Van Dorn is a businessman from the American heartland who shares strong Calvinist convictions with most of his countrymen. His teenage daughter is missing from the trip to California and Van Dorn hires a private investigator to find her. The result of the investigation is his daughter is spotted in a cheap X-rated movie. Van Dorn decides to bring her back personally and during the quest he (...)

Blue Collar (1978)

# 08105 IMDb

Blue Collar (1978)

TaglineWhatever became of the "American Dream"?

By Paul Schrader

Crime, Drama (1h 54min)

USA USA

Fine! Rated 7.6 after 5,653 votes on 01-Aug-18.

Three workers, Zeke, Jerry and Smokey, are working at a car plant and drinking their beers together. One night when they steal away from their wives to have some fun they get the idea to rob the local union's bureau safe. First they think it is a flop, because they get only 600 dollars out of it, but then Zeke realizes that they also have gotten some 'hot' material. They decide to blackmail their (...)

Rolling Thunder (1977)

# 09387 IMDb

Rolling Thunder (1977)

TaglineMajor Charles Rane Is Coming Home To War!

By John Flynn

Action, Drama, Crime, Thriller (1h 35min)

USA USA

Fine! Rated 7.0 after 6,396 votes on 22-Nov-18.

Major Charles Rane comes back from the war and is given a number of gifts from his hometown because he is a war hero. Some greedy thugs decide that they want to steal a number of silver dollars from him. In the process they also manage to kill his wife and son and destroy his hand. The Major wants revenge so he enlists the help of his war buddy Johnny to meet the thugs in a final showdown.

Obsession (1976)

# 02226 IMDb

Obsession (1976)

TaglineThe love story that will scare the life out of you

By Brian De Palma

Drama, Mystery, Thriller (1h 38min)

USA USA

Rated 6.8 after 7,282 votes on 04-Aug-18.

Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 nomination

New Orleans businessman Michael Courtland's life is shattered when his wife and daughter are tragically killed in a botched kidnap rescue attempt. Many years later whilst visiting Italy he meets and falls in in love with Sandra Portinari, who bears a striking resemblance to his wife.

Taxi Driver (1976)

# 00115 IMDb TOP250 #92

Taxi Driver (1976)

TaglineOn every street in every city, there's a nobody who dreams of being a somebody.

By Martin Scorsese

Crime, Drama, Thriller (1h 53min)

USA USA

Fine! Rated 8.3 after 610,674 votes on 31-Oct-18.

Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 17 wins & 10 nominations

Vietnam vet Travis Bickle is 26, a loner in the mean streets of New York City, slipping slowly into isolation and violent misanthropy. In solving his insomnia by driving a yellow cab on the night shift, he grows increasingly disgusted by the low-lifes that hang out at night: "Someday a real rain will come and wash all the scum off the streets." His touching attempts to woo Betsy, a Senator's (...)

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