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Born July 22, 1946, in Grand Rapids, Mich., into a strict Calvinist home, Paul Schrader was 18 years old before he saw his first movie. He began his studies as a theology student but switched his focus, eventually enrolling in graduate film school at the University of California, Los Angeles.

After a successful stint as a movie critic, Schrader turned to screenwriting. His first script, The Yakuza (1974), brought a record sum, and in 1976 he sealed his reputation by penning director Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver. During the '80s, they collaborated on two of the decade's most important (and controversial) films: Raging Bull and The Last Temptation of Christ.

Meanwhile, Schrader was also beginning to direct with movies such as American Gigolo (1980). Other significant directorial efforts for Schrader include Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985), Affliction (1998) and Auto Focus (2002).

Paul Schrader in Hitchcock/Truffaut


2015 PG-13

Movie history was changed forever when director François Truffaut published his 1966 book "Cinema According to Hitchcock." In this engaging documentary, a host of prominent filmmakers describes the effect that Truffaut's book had on their work.

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  • Paul Schrader in Cat People Cat People
  • Paul Schrader in Affliction Affliction
  • Paul Schrader in Auto Focus Auto Focus
  • Paul Schrader in The Walker The Walker
  • Paul Schrader in The Canyons The Canyons
  • Paul Schrader in Dog Eat Dog Dog Eat Dog
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  • Paul Schrader in Touch Touch
  • Paul Schrader in Easy Riders, Raging Bulls Easy Riders, Raging Bulls
  • Paul Schrader in Murnau, Borzage & Fox Documentary Murnau, Borzage & Fox Documentary
  • Paul Schrader in Adam Resurrected Adam Resurrected
  • Paul Schrader in Tales from the Script Tales from the Script