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Paul Schrader
Author: George Kouvaros

ISBN: 9780252075087
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 184
Published: 8 May 2008
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.32 x 13.34 x 0.64
Description:
As the first full-length study on Paul Schrader's films, this book examines the different styles of his work and the multiple influences on which it draws. A defining feature of Schrader's career is his capacity to engage in a range of collaborations and production contexts while returning to a consistent set of themes, character types, and dramatic scenarios. Going beyond the affirmation of a directorial vision, Schrader creates a cinema driven by issues of obsession, memory, and the difficult nature of experience. Representative of a new generation of American writer-directors of the 1970s, Schrader's films highlight the tension between old and new ways of telling a story and between the maintenance of commercial formulas and openness to individual expression.
George Kouvaros draws on a personal interview conducted with Schrader and the director's prior commentary to trace common motivations and impulses behind such well-known films as "Light Sleeper," "American Gigolo," "Affliction, Auto Focus," "Taxi Driver," and "Patty Hearst." Kouvaros reads Schrader's films not only in terms of a number of important themes such a...

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