Schrader on Schrader
Schrader on Schrader features in-depth discussion between Kevin Jackson and Paul Schrader, screenwriter for Taxi Driver, Raging Bull and Scorsese’s The Last Temptation.
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Schrader on Schrader is an essential set of dialogues with one of the most genuinely fascinating and uncompromising writer-directors in American film.
Raised as a Calvinist and hence forbidden to partake of ‘worldly pleasures’ such as movies, Paul Schrader nevertheless defied his upbringing to become first a leading film critic, then a star pupil among the US ‘movie brat’ generation of the 1970s: writing the coruscating screenplays for Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver and Raging Bull and directing such provocative pictures as Blue Collar, Hardcore and American Gigolo. Maturity has never sated his appetite for attacking ‘difficult’ material, from adapting Kazantzakis’ The Last Temptation for Scorsese, to filming the singular lives of Mishima and Patty Hearst.
Schrader on Schrader is a tour through this formidable body of work, including some of Schrader’s finest critical essays.
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