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One of the most important and admired filmmakers of the generation that gave life to the New Hollywood, Schrader studied film at the prestigious UCLA in Los Angeles, graduating with a thesis about the stylistic similarities between Bresson, Ozu and Dreyer. In 1974 he wrote his first screenplay, Yakuza that was directed by Sidney Pollack. Two years later he began a collaboration that would become one of the most productive in his entire career: with Martin Scorsese, with whom he wrote four films, Taxi Driver (1976), Raging Bull (1980), The Last Temptation of Christ (1987), Bringing Out The Dead (1999). Schrader’s screenplays also include Obsession (1976) by Brian De Palma and Mosquito Coast (1986) by Peter Weir. In 1978 he made his debut behind the camera with Blue Collar, the first of eighteen films he would direct and which include American Gigolo (1980), Cat People (1982), Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985) and Affliction (1997), invited to the Venice Film Festival in the Mezzanotte section. To honour his presence as the president of the Orizzonti Jury, the 2013 Venice Film Festival will present, out of competition, his latest film The Canyons, written by Bret Easton Ellis and starring Lindsay Lohan and James Deen, made with an innovative form of production: it was financed by crowd-funding on the Kickstarter web platform.
1990 – Hollywood Mavericks – Fuoriprogramma Documenti (as himself)
1997 – Affliction (screenplay, director)
2013 - The Canyons (director)
2013 – Orizzonti (President)