Paul Schrader: God's Lonely Man

22 Nov 2019 – 15 Dec 2019 | GOMA | Cinema A

Paul Schrader is one of the most influential and revered figures of 1970s New Hollywood cinema. Beginning his career as a film critic under the mentorship of Pauline Kael, Schrader quickly made a name for himself as a writer of screenplays that presented bold and confronting visions of contemporary masculinity. Adapted by major filmmakers such as Sydney Pollack (The Yakuza 1974), Martin Scorsese (Taxi Driver 1976) and Brian De Palma (Obsession 1976), his scripts were met with critical acclaim and helped usher in a new era of American cinema.

Stepping behind the camera as director for the first time with Blue Collar 1978, Schrader established a parallel career as a talented director of both his own and other writers’ screenplays. Now in his fifth decade of filmmaking, he remains one of the most incisive and prescient figures in modern American cinema, with his most recent film, First Reformed 2017, earning his first nomination for Best Original Screenplay at the 2019 Academy Awards.

This program presents a selected retrospective of Schrader’s screenplays, directed by the writer himself and by a number of his notable cinematic contemporaries.

TICKETS
Adult: $10 | Concession: $8 | Member: $7
Tickets available online and from the Cinémathèque Box Office from one hour prior to screenings.

5-FILM PASS
Adult: $40 | Concession: $32 | Member: $28
Available from the Cinémathèque Box Office from one hour prior to screenings.

List of Works

The Yakuza 1974
Taxi Driver 1976
Obsession 1976
Rolling Thunder 1977
Blue Collar 1978
Hardcore 1979
American Gigolo 1980
Raging Bull 1980
Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters 1985
The Mosquito Coast 1986
The Last Temptation of Christ 1988
Light Sleeper 1992
Bringing Out the Dead 1999
First Reformed 2017

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QAGOMA acknowledges the generous assistance of the National Film and Sound Archive, Canberra; the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Winston-Salem; and the Academy Film Archive, Los Angeles in providing materials for this program. Program curated by Robert Hughes, Australian Cinémathèque.

LONELINESS HAS FOLLOWED ME MY WHOLE LIFE. EVERYWHERE. IN BARS, IN CARS, SIDEWALKS, STORES, EVERYWHERE. THERE'S NO ESCAPE. I'M GOD'S LONELY MAN.

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