Paul Schrader is an American screenwriter and director best known to cinema audiences for writing important screenplays by Martin Scorsese, such as Taxi Driver. They know the raging bull and the last temptation of Christ. But he has also been and is a well-known filmmaker and has directed more than twenty films so far. In this list, we are going to review all of his films for the release of his latest work, Card Counter.
It cannot be denied that Paul Schrader is a great screenwriter rather than a great director. This is so obvious that a review of his career reveals that whenever a great filmmaker directs the production of one of his screenplays, the result is better than when he directs his own work. Sometimes when we come across a film by Paul Schrader, we see a good scenario that is left in the performance and it seems as if the filmmaker is rehearsing. Sometimes this exercise works and the result becomes a film like the first modified or blue collar, and sometimes like the films at the bottom of the list, the output is disappointing.
But whatever flaws in his work can not be forgotten. He has a strong ability to understand the society around him and can create calculated characters through his stories. After all these years, Travis Bickel is still a taxi driver, one of the symbols of correct and calculated characterization in the history of cinema, and this same pen has recorded Schrader's name as one of the driving forces of Hollywood in the history of cinema in the 1970s.Paul Schrider was born into a strict and religious family, and this factor influenced the way he looked at the world around him. The characters in his films are always struggling with a problem in the past that it is not clear where it comes from and why he does not give up, and this causes the release of anger that can engulf everyone. Although these people are benevolent and do not seem to be bothered by anyone, this painful past in a tragic complicity causes their revolt and rebellion to always turn black.
Another issue that can be identified in his cinema. Is the religious background of his works. This, too, comes from his religious family and recalls the effects of Paul Schrider's childhood and adolescence. The concept of salvation always has a fixed place in his works and the characters stumble upon it and sometimes they achieve it and sometimes they do not; Like Travis Beckel, a taxi driver who finally survives in a relaxing solitude and has been able to do his part in improving the world around him properly. Taxi, Paul Schrader is back with a similar movie. Travis Bickel has a character card counter similar to the one in the movie; A wandering, sleep-deprived person whose sudden acquaintance with a troubled teenager forces him to take action; However, like Travis in the same film, he suffers from a lack of love and affection in life.
Paul Schrader portrays portraits of restless people looking for a place to relax. Obtaining this desire, although it seems simple, but the efforts of these men to reach that promised paradise are always faced with fundamental problems. They must pay the price to achieve that ultimate desire; The Baha'is are sometimes so large that they leave nothing of their worn-out souls. If you enjoy watching such characters, watching Paul Schrader's movies will be a perfect visual.
- Cast: Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfred
- Product: 2017, USA
- IMDb movie rating: 7.1 out of 10
- Movie rating on Raton Tomitoz: 93.
The first revision is the fruit of a lifetime of Paul Schrider filmmaking. In this film, he masterfully depicts the life of an isolated priest and his conflict with the sufferings of a family in the context of global problems. Paul Schrider's style of work in this film is a combination of the method of filmmaking of great directors such as Robert Bresson, Ingmar Bergman or even Yasujiro Ozu or Carl Theodor Dreyer.
Like the thrillers he wrote for others, he tells his story based on the steps a character takes to reach the brink of rebellion and explosion.
Ethan Hawke is in one of his best acting forms. And his performance is one of the points to consider in the film. Amanda Seyfred also enjoys the role of a desperate and homeless woman. The first revision premiered at the Venice Film Festival and was highly acclaimed by fans and critics alike, and Schrider was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for writing the screenplay for the first time.
Perhaps the reason for this The luck of the first revised film is that Paul Schrader's audacity in writing the screenplay is finally in balance with his directing style, and thanks to the good acting of the actors in this film, his courage and bravery have been well executed.
"250 years have passed since the construction of the first reformed church. A pastor named Ernest is scheduled to celebrate the occasion as pastor of the church. The priest is not in a good mental condition and a woman asks him to help her husband. This woman's husband intends to commit suicide because he fears for the future of the human race on the planet
2. Blue Collar
- Cast: Richard Prairie, Harvey Keitel, Found Cotto
- Product: 1978, USA
- IMDb movie rating: 7.5 Out of 10
- movie ratings on Raton Tomitoz: 98.
Paul Schrader's first directorial experience after writing the brilliant screenplay of Taxi Driver, Cash It is serious about capitalism. The three unlucky workers are tragically trapped in a job position, and after some adventures, they find an illegal contract between their union and the mafia.
This is a good platform for Paul Schrider as one of the driving forces of Hollywood. It is the 1970s, this time in a film of his own that criticizes the policies and society of his country. Blue Collar is one of the best American films on the social working class and racism in this country, considering the race and occupation of the three main actors and the story that Paul Schrader has around them.
Blue Collar refers to It takes the form of workers' uniforms and in criminology refers to criminals who belong to this social class and commit certain crimes. The characteristic of these criminals is that they are not very smart in terms of IQ.
The acting of the film's actors is one of its strengths. Young Harvey Keitel is great in his role, and Richard Pryer, as one of the greatest stand-up comedians in history, has done well in the role of the joker.
Blue Collar tells the bitter story of the lives of men who try They do, they cannot be detached from their social class, and they are constantly plunged into the vortex of the capitalist system around them, and with every effort they actually get one step closer to death. This is the subject matter of many of Paul Schrider's works, but perhaps only in the screenplays he wrote for others. There is a machine factory. They spend the night having fun, and while their wives are waiting for them at home, they plot to rob the union's safe "
3. The Card Counter
- Actors: > Oscar Isaacs, Tiffany Hadish
- Product: 2021, USA
- IMDb movie rating: 6.2 out of 10
- Movie rating on Raton Tomitoz: 86.
The same famous taxi driver story again. Someone tries to reconcile with his surroundings, but the bitter experiences of the past and participating in an unequal war and the nightmares that follow prevent him from forgetting the past and leading a normal life. He prefers the night life to escape from the angry community around him to the presence of daylight, and he has a special obsession with people's behavior and actions, as well as the cleanliness of the environment.
Because he can not forget the boy and return to his normal life by passing by him. The bitter memories and commonalities he has in life with this young man hinder him; Until he decides to take revenge on his lost life.
But this man has a strange ability. The ability to make good money in casinos. This ability stems from his obsession and is the same as counting playing cards. Walking in this way introduces him to a woman, and from now on, another conflict begins in his life, whether he can fall in love despite his bitter past or not. The final scene of the film is now signed by Paul Schrader; A scene from Robert Bresson's pickpocket, which is also found in American Bad Sleep and Gigolo. Is. The film can only be seen once for the fascination of his work, and focuses entirely on his performance and acting.
He makes good money because of his ability to count cards, but he never intends to gamble big and wants to remain anonymous forever. Meanwhile, a boy comes to the man and claims that his father, who was with the man in the war, committed suicide due to a guilty conscience, and that he intends to avenge his father's death from someone who taught him torture. The man leaves with the boy, but </</p>
4. Light Sleeper
- Actors: Willem Dafoe, Dana Delaney and Susan Sarandon
- Product: 1992, USA
- IMDb movie rating: 6.9 Out of 10
- movie ratings on the Raton Tomitoz site: 88.
The disturbing story of an addict and drug dealer in the hands of Paul Schrider It is a film that is expected of him. Willem Dafoe plays this man; A man with a bitter past who, unfortunately, now has to wait for a more bitter future. The end is the expected end, and the man, in the course of the sequence of events, does as much harm as he can, but in the process he can also attain self-knowledge.
This self-knowledge, like all Schrider films, occurs through the recognition of weaknesses. The man must accept that he has failed in life so that he can finally face the consequences of his actions. This is how he can be saved and expect a better future than his hard past.
Another issue mentioned in the film is the main character getting stuck in the clutches of his past. When his old love turns green, he tries to find an emotional support by grabbing the string, but his past does not allow him to do so; Because, as has been said, one must acquire the merit of love, and this path passes only through the understanding of one's problems.
Slowly He succeeds in doing this and, in an episodic narrative, creates a space in which the protagonist wanders between a bitter past and an unknown future.
"John is a drug dealer and consumer. When he realizes that his boss and his partner are going to give up, he is upset and worried about his future. In the meantime, he meets his ex-wife and tries to fix everything, but
5. Mishima: a life in four chapters
- Cast: Ken Ogata, Hiroshi Mikami
- Product: 1985, USA
- IMDb movie rating: 8 out of 10
- Movie ratings on Raton Tomitoz: 89.
One of the strangest movies on the list about one of the strangest And made by the best writers of the twentieth century. Mishima includes the life of the great Japanese writer Yukio Mishima; A man who did mysterious things throughout his life and legends abound about his life because of the nature of his death. Towards the end of his life, Yukio Mishima captured Harakiri by capturing a military barracks in the footsteps of his companions, in order to show his protest against the lifestyle of his people after World War II. He objected to people moving away from tradition and into a Western way of life.
Paul Schrader also made this film with a focus on creating a space, using his camera to create the chaotic atmosphere of the main character's mind. For this reason, the filming and stage design of the film was praised by the Cannes Film Festival that year. Roger Ebert and Martin Scorsese are serious fans of the film and consider it a masterpiece of all time, which is why Mishima: A Life in Four Segments can be seen more than the original films of Paul Schrider's career.
Soundtrack Made by Philip Glass, along with the acting, is another strength of the film. Another issue that makes the film worthy of these definitions is Schrader's ability to dramatize an's human life in episodic terms and highlight parts of the author's life while respecting the historical and real aspects of his life. We said that Paul Schrader is a great screenwriter, and Mishima: A Life in Four Sections illustrates this well. He does this by parallel narration of stories from Mishima books alongside the life of this author; It's hard but brilliant work that Paul Schrader has done so well. .
"Four episodic narratives of the life of Yukio Mishima, the legendary Japanese writer of the twentieth century. There are three parts to the narration of his life and the story of writing his books, and the fourth part deals with the last day of his life
6. Cat People
- Actors: Malcolm McDowell, Nastasia Minsky
- Product: 1983, USA
- IMDb movie rating: 6.2 out of 10
- Movie Ratings on Raton Tomitoz: -
Paul Schrader based his film The Catmen on the movie of the same name by Jacques Turner in Built in 1942. In fact, this film is somehow a remake of the same horror and now classic Turner work that has passed through Schrder's mental filter. In this story, the past and the desires of a woman in the context of a backward society become a symbol of something scary that clings to the collar of that society. It is symbolic of all the repressed things in that society. Things that have never been destroyed and return after a while to take revenge on the society that rejected and rejected them.
Schroeder, like all his films, tells his story slowly here. And neither he nor his actors fail to express and provide the necessary information to Annan. Although there is a lot of energy in the filmmaker's frame, he retains that energy to release it at the right time, like an explosion, to surprise the audience with what he has seen inside the filmmaker's frame.
The film is the work of David Bowie and features Paul Schrider's favorite theme of last-minute salvation.
"IRNA has a scary secret. He realizes that he can turn into a black leopard. After a long time, this woman communicates with her brother Paul; However, that secret causes a bloody tragedy
7. American Gigolo
- Cast: Richard Gere, Lauren Hutton
- Product: 1980, USA
- IMDb movie rating: 6.3 out of 10/li>
- Movie rating on Raton Tomitoz: 68.
He pays homage. In this film, he creates a character who, despite earning money through an immoral way, is extremely lovable and understandable. A man who has a great need to accompany and communicate with others and has based his source of income on this need.
The main sweet and charming character of the film is through a series of unfortunate events. He still has to reach self-knowledge, and again, like other characters in Paul Schrider's cinema, he has to face his problems and take the hard way; The ways in which he worries about his future and pulls him in like a swamp. It somehow takes away the reputation of politics in America. So Paul Schrider once again turns the tip of his arrow of criticism on the policies of his country's politicians and, as a result, the dark society they have created; A society in which the men of his cinema try to make it a little better.
"Julian is a gigolo who lives through his relationship with the rich women of the Beverly Hills area. He is accused of murder one day and his only hope is the testimony of the wife of a US senator who comes to declare that he was not there at the time of the crime "
- Actors: Nik Nolti , James Coburn, Sisi Spacek and Willem Dafoe
- Product: 1997, USA
- IMDb movie rating: 6. 9 out of 10
- Movie ratings on Raton Tomitoz: 88.
The cast is extremely attractive. James Cabern is their flagship, and because of his inherent charisma, his presence is a trophy for any film. The story of the film explores how a man regains his pride. A man who, according to those around him, has not done anything wrong, but at the same time that he needs his presence, he shows such ability that no one believes him.
The acting is great and the atmosphere is good. Snow is another strength of the film. The cold winds of the environment can be felt well, and this indicates the ability of Paul Schrider to make films. Another interesting point of the film is the filmmaker's view of his main character and his efforts to cultivate him as best he can. .
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