Directed by Paul Schrader

Directed by Paul Schrader

8 Episodes

One of American cinema’s most provocative moral philosophers, Paul Schrader has, for over forty years, probed the guilty soul of the modern world in a relentless search for existential meaning. Raised in a strict Calvinist household—a rigorous upbringing that would influence his cinematic philosophy and his study of the “transcendental” styles of directors like Ozu and Bresson—Schrader exploded onto the scene with his screenplay for Martin Scorsese’s TAXI DRIVER, an anguished howl of urban alienation that established him as one of the leading figures of the 1970s New American Cinema. Specializing in explorations of damaged souls driven to often shocking extremes in their search for salvation, he has experimented with a range of styles, genres, and tones—ranging from the profoundly serious to the coolly ironic to the self-consciously sleazy—in daring works like HARDCORE, MISHIMA: A LIFE IN FOUR CHAPTERS, and AUTO FOCUS. Grappling with weighty themes of faith, violence, sin, and redemption, Schrader’s films are fascinating windows into his personal obsessions.

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Directed by Paul Schrader
  • Hardcore

    Episode 1

    Directed by Paul Schrader • 1979 • United States
    Starring George C. Scott, Peter Boyle, Season Hubley

    Paul Schrader’s potent sophomore feature stars George C. Scott as a conservative Calvinist businessman from the Midwest who is drawn into California’s pornographic underground as he searches for...

  • American Gigolo

    Episode 2

    Directed by Paul Schrader • 1980 • United States
    Starring Richard Gere, Lauren Hutton, Hector Elizondo

    Decked out in Armani, Julian Kaye (Richard Gere, in his star-making role) is shallow, narcissistic, and utterly irresistible, a male escort who caters to the needs of bored, rich, middle-age...

  • Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters

    Episode 3

    Directed by Paul Schrader • 1985 • Japan, United States

    Paul Schrader's visually stunning, collagelike portrait of acclaimed Japanese author and playwright Yukio Mishima (played by Ken Ogata) investigates the inner turmoil and contradictions of a man who attempted an impossible harmony between...

  • Patty Hearst

    Episode 4

    Directed by Paul Schrader • 1988 • United States
    Starring Natasha Richardson, William Forsythe, Ving Rhames

    Who was the real Patty Hearst? Built around a remarkable performance from Natasha Richardson, this chilling biopic explores the many dimensions of one of the twentieth century’s most contr...

  • The Comfort of Strangers

    Episode 5

    Directed by Paul Schrader • 1990 • United States
    Starring Christopher Walken, Rupert Everett, Natasha Richardson

    Two couples are drawn into a dark psychosexual vortex in Paul Schrader’s stylish take on the erotic thriller. Rupert Everett and Natasha Richardson are a British couple hoping to repa...

  • Light Sleeper

    Episode 6

    Directed by Paul Schrader • 1992 • United States
    Starring Willem Defoe, Susan Sarandon, Dana Delany

    Willem Defoe stars in this moody character study as John LeTour, a drug dealer who faces a midlife crisis now that his supplier (Susan Sarandon) wants a change of career. LeTour reencounters an ol...

  • Auto Focus

    Episode 7

    Directed by Paul Schrader • 2002 • United States
    Starring Greg Kinnear, Willem Dafoe, Rita Wilson

    Paul Schrader delves into the seedy underbelly of fame in this darkly compelling look at the life and times of actor Bob Crane (Greg Kinnear), who found fame as the clean-cut star of the sitcom “Hog...

  • Adam Resurrected

    Episode 8

    Directed by Paul Schrader • 2008 • United States, Germany, Israel
    Starring Jeff Goldblum, Willem Dafoe, Derek Jacobi

    Jeff Goldblum delivers a bravura performance in this searing exploration of survival, guilt, madness, and redemption. He plays the titular former circus entertainer who, haunted b...