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Paul Schrader Collection



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Material on and about Paul Schrader

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Miscellaneous Material and Items Related to American Gigolo

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Paul Schrader Collection, 1924-1992 | Heritage Hall, Hekman Library

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Collection Overview

Title: Paul Schrader Collection, 1924-1992

ID: COLL/227

Primary Creator: Schrader, Paul (1946-)

Extent: 3.0 Cubic Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: Folder level description


Academy Award nominated screenwriter and film director. Papers, including script and handbook of production of the American Gigolo; also newspaper clippings, articles, writings, and movie reviews about P. Schrader. There are three slide collections, Jean Renoir (films 1924-1939); S. M. Eisenstein (complete works); and Orson Welles (film 1941-1969).

Biographical Note

Screenwriter and film director, Paul Schrader was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on July 22, 1946. Schrader grew up with strict, conservative Calvinist parents. They did not allow young Schrader to partake in movies and other "worldly amusements". It wasn't until the age of 17 that Schrader saw his first motion picture. Schrader enrolled at Calvin College earning his B.A. with a minor in theology. Schrader initially had plans to pursue a career ministry, however he was introduced to a film critic named Pauline Kael who persuaded him to pursue film instead. Schrader went on to attend UCLA's film school.  After graduating with his Master's degree in film studies, Schrader became a film critic for Los Angeles Free Press and Cinema magazine.

In 1974 Schrader co-wrote with his brother the Japanese crime film, The Yakuza. The film was a commercial flop. However, his script for Taxi Driver was picked up by director Martin Scorsese and was nominated for Best Picture at the 1976 Academy Awards. In 1982 Schrader married actress Mary Beth Hurt. Schrader went on to be the writer and/or direct other films such as Blue Collar (1978), American Gigolo (1980), Lighter Sleeper (1992) and biopic Auto Focus (2002). Schrader has been in the film industry for the past 42 years and involved in over 25 films to date.

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Material on and about Paul Schrader, 1966-1992],
[Series 2: Movie Reviews, 1975-1992],
[Series 3: Miscellaneous Material and Items Related to American Gigolo],
[Series 4: Slide Sets, 1924-1969],

Series 1: Material on and about Paul Schrader --- 1966-1992
Box 1
Folder 1: Material written by Paul Schrader --- 1966-1990
Folder 2: The Spectacle, Vol. 1, no. 1 - Vol. 1, no. 5
Folder 3: Writings by P. Schrader --- 1967-1968
Folder 4: Writings about P. Schrader --- 1972-1977
Folder 5: Writings about P. Schrader --- 1/29/1978 - 12/17/1978
Folder 6: Writings about P. Schrader --- 2/18/1979 - 12/23/1979
Folder 7: Writings about P. Schrader --- 1/25/1980 - 10/1980
Folder 8: Writings about P. Schrader --- 10/29/1981 - 7/1989
Folder 9: Writings about P. Schrader --- 8/18/1991 - 9/1992
Series 2: Movie Reviews --- 1975-1992
Box 2
Folder 1: Movie reviews --- 1975-1978
Folder 2: Movie reviews --- 3/1979 - 9/1979
Folder 3: Movie reviews --- 1/1980 - 5/1980
Folder 4: Movie reviews --- 4/1982 - 10/1992
Series 3: Miscellaneous Material and Items Related to American Gigolo
Box 3
Folder 1: American Gigolo: handbook of production information
Folder 2: American Gigolo: photos of main characters
Folder 3: American Gigolo: script by Paul Schrader
Folder 4: Feature story on Paul Schrader by James S. Bratt
Folder 5: Miscellaneous material including articles and material compiled by S. Lambers --- undated
Folder 6: Report on the First Christian Reformed Church, Muskegon, Michigan --- 1967
Folder 7: Affliction and forgiveness: an interview with Paul Schrader --- 2000
Folder 8: A Journal of Reformed Thought Perspectives --- 2001
Folder 9: Pauline Kael, 1919-2001:  My Family Drama --- 2001
Folder 10: Taxi Driver --- April 29, 1975
Folder 11: Publications:
Item 1: Film Directors of the World, 8, 14, 22
Item 2: A Japanese edition of Violence USA
Series 4: Slide Sets --- 1924-1969
Box 4: Jean Renoir (films) --- 1924-1939
Box 5: S. M. Eisenstein (complete works)
Box 6: Orson Welles (films) --- 1941-1969

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[Series 1: Material on and about Paul Schrader, 1966-1992],
[Series 2: Movie Reviews, 1975-1992],
[Series 3: Miscellaneous Material and Items Related to American Gigolo],
[Series 4: Slide Sets, 1924-1969],

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