Paul Schrader

Paul Schrader

3 Episodes

A titan of the American cinema who emerged from the ranks of the 1970s movie brats with his era-defining screenplay for TAXI DRIVER, writer-director Paul Schrader has pursued a defiantly singular vision in his provocative explorations of guilt and salvation in a soul-sick world. In this episode of the Criterion Channel’s ongoing Meet the Filmmakers series, director Alex Ross Perry (HER SMELL, LISTEN UP PHILIP) visits the ever-iconoclastic auteur on the set of his acclaimed latest film, FIRST REFORMED, where Schrader reflects on the highs and lows of his legendary career, the challenges and rewards of slow cinema, and his often controversial social-media presence. Expounding on the influences and experiences that led him to FIRST REFORMED, Schrader situates his late-period masterpiece within the context of his extensive body of work, a selection of which appears alongside this revealing profile.

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Paul Schrader
  • Paul Schrader: Man in a Room

    Episode 1

    A titan of the American cinema who emerged from the ranks of the 1970s movie brats with his era-defining screenplay for TAXI DRIVER, writer-director Paul Schrader has pursued a defiantly singular vision in his provocative explorations of guilt and salvation in a soul-sick world. In this episode o...

  • Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters

    Episode 2

    Directed by Paul Schrader • 1985 • Japan, United States
    Starring Ken Ogata, Kenji Sawada, Toshiyuki Nagashima

    Paul Schrader’s visually stunning, collagelike portrait of the acclaimed Japanese author and playwright Yukio Mishima (played by Ken Ogata) investigates the inner turmoil and contradicti...

  • The Comfort of Strangers

    Episode 3

    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...