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Birth information

22 July 1946 Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

Given Name

Paul Joseph Schrader

How tall is Paul Schrader?

1.73 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Mary Beth Hurt
Jeannine Oppewall

Life Story of Paul Schrader

Although his name is often linked to that of the "movie brat" generation (Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas, Brian De Palma, etc.) Paul Schrader's background couldn't have been more different than theirs. His strict Calvinist parents refused to allow him to see a film until he was 18. Although he more than made up for lost time when studying at Calvin College, Columbia University and UCLA's graduate film program, his influences were far removed from those of his contemporaries--Robert Bresson, Yasujirô Ozu and Carl Theodor Dreyer (about whom he wrote a book, "Transcendental Style in Film") rather than Saturday-morning serials. After a period as a film critic (and protégé of Pauline Kael), he began writing screenplays, hitting the jackpot when he and his brother, Leonard Schrader (a Japanese expert), were paid the then-record sum of $325,000, thus establishing his reputation as one of Hollywood's top screenwriters, which was consolidated when Martin Scorsese filmed Schrader's script Taxi Driver (1976), written in the early 1970s during a bout of drinking and depression. The success of the film allowed Schrader to start directing his own...

Significant features of Paul Schrader

Usually writes and directs stories about men who fall into desperation as their world crumbles around them.
His films are often set at night.
Frequently casts Willem Dafoe in his films.
Characters who are...

How much money has Paul Schrader earned?

The Yakuza (1974) $162,500

Publications and Magazines about Paul Schrader

Kevin Jackson (ed.) Schrader on Schrader & Other Writings. 1990

What movies did Paul Schrader play or participate?

Producers Filmography
The Jesuit , Old Boyfriends (1979) ,
Directors Filmography
First Reformed (2017) , Dog Eat Dog (2016) , Dying of the Light (2014) , Venice 70: Future Reloaded (2013) , The Canyons (2013) , Ein Leben für ein Leben - Adam Resurrected (2008) , The Walker (2007) , Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist (2005) , Auto Focus (2002) , Forever Mine (1999) , Affliction (1997) , Touch (1997) , Untitled: New Blue (1995) , Witch Hunt (1994) , Light Sleeper (1992) , The Comfort...

Birth information

22 July 1946 Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

Given Name

Paul Joseph Schrader

How tall is Paul Schrader?

1.73 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Mary Beth Hurt
Jeannine Oppewall

Life Story of Paul Schrader

Although his name is often linked to that of the "movie brat" generation (Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas, Brian De Palma, etc.) Paul Schrader's background couldn't have been more different than theirs. His strict Calvinist parents refused to allow him to see a film until he was 18. Although he more than made up for lost time when studying at Calvin College, Columbia University and UCLA's graduate film program, his influences were far removed from those of his contemporaries--Robert Bresson, Yasujirô Ozu and Carl Theodor Dreyer (about whom he wrote a book, "Transcendental Style in Film") rather than Saturday-morning serials. After a period as a film critic (and protégé of Pauline Kael), he began writing screenplays, hitting the jackpot when he and his brother, Leonard Schrader (a Japanese expert), were paid the then-record sum of $325,000, thus establishing his reputation as one of Hollywood's top screenwriters, which was consolidated when Martin Scorsese filmed Schrader's script Taxi Driver (1976), written in the early 1970s during a bout of drinking and depression. The success of the film allowed Schrader to start directing his own...

Significant features of Paul Schrader

Usually writes and directs stories about men who fall into desperation as their world crumbles around them.
His films are often set at night.
Frequently casts Willem Dafoe in his films.
Characters who are...

How much money has Paul Schrader earned?

The Yakuza (1974) $162,500

Publications and Magazines about Paul Schrader

Kevin Jackson (ed.) Schrader on Schrader & Other Writings. 1990

What movies did Paul Schrader play or participate?

Producers Filmography
The Jesuit , Old Boyfriends (1979) ,
Directors Filmography
First Reformed (2017) , Dog Eat Dog (2016) , Dying of the Light (2014) , Venice 70: Future Reloaded (2013) , The Canyons (2013) , Ein Leben für ein Leben - Adam Resurrected (2008) , The Walker (2007) , Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist (2005) , Auto Focus (2002) , Forever Mine (1999) , Affliction (1997) , Touch (1997) , Untitled: New Blue (1995) , Witch Hunt (1994) , Light Sleeper (1992) , The Comfort...

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Paul Schrader in Venice 70: Future Reloaded (2013)

Younger brother of Leonard Schrader.

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Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Harvey Keitel, Martin Scorsese, Paul Schrader, etc.

Credits movie critic Pauline Kael with helping start his career by writing him a recommendation letter for film school.

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Nicolas Cage and Paul Schrader in Dog Eat Dog (2016)

Originally directed Exorcist: The Beginning (2004), but his final version was rejected by the producers for not being enough of a marketable mainstream horror film product. Schrader was replaced by Renny Harlin, who re-shot about 80% of the film. Schrader received no credit for that version. However, Morgan Creek Pictures did a limited release of Schrader's Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist (2005) on May 20, 2005. The DVD was released on October 25, 2005. Now two radically different versions exist, that share some story elements, some footage and some cast members.

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Paul Schrader in Patty (1988)

Has a daughter, Molly Johanna Schrader (born 1984), and a son, Sam Schrader (born 1988) with his wife Mary Beth Hurt.

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Jeff Goldblum, Derek Jacobi, etc.

Brother-in-law of Chieko Schrader.

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Michael J. Fox, Paul Schrader, and Joan Jett in Light of Day (1987)

President of the 'Official Competition' jury at the 57th Berlin International Film Festival in 2007.

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Harvey Keitel, Yaphet Kotto, Richard Pryor, etc.

Being raised on Calvinist principles and severe parentage, he saw his first movie, The Absent Minded Professor (1961), at age 17.

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Paul Schrader and Bobby Byrne in Blue Collar - Kampf am Fließband (1978)

Member of the 'Dramatic' jury at the Sundance Film Festival in 1998.

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Paul Schrader and Bobby Byrne in Blue Collar - Kampf am Fließband (1978)

Has written (or co-written) the screenplays for two 'Best Picture' Academy Award nominees (Taxi Driver (1976) and Raging Bull (1980)), but would only receive his first Academy Award nomination for 'Best Screenplay' (original or adapted) more than 40 years working in the business - he got nominated for First Reformed (2017).

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Paul Schrader in Hardcore - Ein Vater sieht rot (1979)

Based his screenplay for Taxi Driver (1976) on his own experiences of living in Los Angeles, away from his familiar surroundings, feeling completely isolated and struggling with severe depression and contemplating suicide.

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Paul Schrader in Dog Eat Dog (2016)

Like François Truffaut, Peter Bogdanovich, Jean-Luc Godard, Wim Wenders or Olivier Assayas, Schrader began his film career as a film critic (for the L.A. Free Press and Cinema Magazine).

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Lauren Bacall, Woody Harrelson, and Paul Schrader in The Walker (2007)

Received his Bachelor's degree with a minor in theology from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1968.

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Paul Schrader in Venice 70: Future Reloaded (2013)

Received his Master's degree in Film Studies from the UCLA School of Theatre, Film and Television.

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Paul Schrader and Gabriel Kosuth in Dying of the Light: Jede Minute zählt (2014)

Born on the same day as Danny Glover.

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Paul Schrader and Bobby Byrne in Blue Collar - Kampf am Fließband (1978)

Counts Pickpocket (1959), An Autumn Afternoon (1962) and Performance (1970) among his all-time favorite films.

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Paul Schrader in Dog Eat Dog (2016)

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Nicolas Cage, Willem Dafoe, Paul Schrader, etc.

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Paul Schrader and Lindsay Lohan in The Canyons (2013)

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Paul Schrader, Lindsay Lohan, and Amanda Brooks in The Canyons (2013)

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Michael J. Fox, Paul Schrader, and Joan Jett in Light of Day (1987)

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Paul Schrader, George C. Scott, and Season Hubley in Hardcore - Ein Vater sieht rot (1979)

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Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese, and Paul Schrader in Taxi Driver (1976)

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Ethan Hawke, Paul Schrader, and Amanda Seyfried at an event for First Reformed (2017)

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Paul Schrader and Bret Easton Ellis at an event for The Canyons (2013)

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Ethan Hawke, Paul Schrader, and Amanda Seyfried at an event for First Reformed (2017)

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Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Harvey Keitel, Martin Scorsese, Paul Schrader, etc.

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Paul Schrader and Nicholas Jarecki at an event for Arbitrage - Macht ist das beste Alibi (

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