Paul Schrader is one of the seminal figures of the contemporary American cinema. His success is attributable to the creative use of his critical faculty and a commercial deployment of his Calvinism. The result is a body of work that is a bracing commentary on classic and modern Hollywood, and whose bleak vision would make film noir look like musical comedy.
TAXI DRIVER'S SCREENWRITER Paul Schrader interviewed by Richard Thompson Richard Thompson is grateful to Jack Shafer for his help with this interview, which took place in L.A. on January 26 and 29, 1976. Paul Schrader, 30, is probably best known in Hollywood for selling his first screenplay, Yakuza, for $300,000. [...]
In 1972 Robert Bresson, in response to my recently published book, Transcendental Style in Film, wrote me, “I have always been very surprised not to recognize myself in the image formed by those who are really interested in me" It's equally a shock for a critic to meet a director [...]