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Paul Schrader is a director with several notable titles to his credit and a screenwriter with a staggering list of works that have become household names and are acclaimed as among Hollywood's greatest films. His works reach across numerous genres, including horror with the Cat People remake, Hitchcockian mystery in Brian de Palma's Obsession, and religious drama in The Last Temptation of Christ. The dramatic screenplays he has written could be a Hall of Fame unto themselves and include Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Bringing out the Dead and American Gigolo. Quentin Tarantino is so enamored of the Schrader-penned exploitation revenge film Rolling Thunder that he named his distribution company for it and has mimicked its abrupt ending in several of his own works.
Schrader, a graduate of UCLA film school, is a scholar of the craft whose published books and essays have been cited in numerous academic studies. Film noir has been an especially important influence on his style. All of this was accomplished despite his having come from a religious background in which he was not allowed to see a movie until age 18. This religious upbringing is widely believed to be the main reason why his viewpoint has dovetailed so well with that of Martin Scorsese. Schrader remains a film maverick who stays true to a vision that does not place him in favor with the Hollywood mainstream.
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