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Paul Schrader Collection



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Material on and about Paul Schrader

Movie Reviews

Miscellaneous Material and Items Related to American Gigolo

Slide Sets

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

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Collection Overview

Title: Paul Schrader Collection, 1924-1992Add to your cart.

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.

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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],

Series 3: Miscellaneous Material and Items Related to American GigoloAdd to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: American Gigolo: handbook of production informationAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: American Gigolo: photos of main charactersAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: American Gigolo: script by Paul SchraderAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Feature story on Paul Schrader by James S. BrattAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Miscellaneous material including articles and material compiled by S. Lambers --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Report on the First Christian Reformed Church, Muskegon, Michigan --- 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Affliction and forgiveness: an interview with Paul Schrader --- 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 8: A Journal of Reformed Thought Perspectives --- 2001Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Pauline Kael, 1919-2001:  My Family Drama --- 2001Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Taxi Driver --- April 29, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Publications:Add to your cart.
Item 1: Film Directors of the World, 8, 14, 22Add to your cart.
Item 2: A Japanese edition of Violence USAAdd to your cart.

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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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