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Paul Schrader: God's Lonely Man

Exploring the writer/director's distinctive filmography — from penning 'Taxi Driver' and 'Bringing Out the Dead' to directing 'First Reformed'.
By Sarah Ward
November 28, 2019
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Paul Schrader: God's Lonely Man

Exploring the writer/director's distinctive filmography — from penning 'Taxi Driver' and 'Bringing Out the Dead' to directing 'First Reformed'.
By Sarah Ward
November 28, 2019
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Everyone knows that Martin Scorsese directed Taxi Driver and Raging Bull. But without Paul Schrader's screenplay for each film, neither would've existed. The same can be said about their two other great collaborations: The Last Temptation of Christ, which stars Willem Dafoe as Jesus and caused quite the stir in the late 80s; and the sublime and soulful Bringing Out the Dead, the 1999 masterpiece that features a fantastic Nicolas Cage as a melancholic paramedic.

Naturally, all four movies pop up at the Gallery of Modern Art's latest retrospective, with the venue's Australian Cinematheque paying tribute to Schrader's work. His own stints as a director will light lighting up the gallery's big screen, spanning all the way from his 1978 debut Blue Collar to 2017's phenomenal Ethan Hawke-starring First Reformed.

Screening on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until Sunday, December 15, Paul Schrader: God's Lonely Man will also screen American Gigolo, the movie that made Richard Gere a superstar; and Obsession, Brian De Palma's Vertigo-inspired thriller — as well as other highlights from a cinematic life spent contemplating contemporary masculinity on film.

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