Paul Schrader

Film Director
Born Jul 22, 1946

Paul Joseph Schrader is an American screenwriter, film director, and former film critic. Apart from his credentials as a director, Schrader is most known for his screenplays for Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver and Raging Bull.

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Paul Schrader.


1946 Birth Born on July 22, 1946.


1959 12 Years Old The endings of Schrader's films American Gigolo and Light Sleeper bear obvious resemblance to that of Bresson's 1959 film Pickpocket. … Read More


1974 27 Years Old In 1974, Schrader and his brother Leonard co-wrote The Yakuza, a film set in the Japanese crime world. … Read More
1975 28 Years Old Although The Yakuza failed commercially, it brought Schrader to the attention of the new generation of Hollywood directors. In 1975, he wrote the screenplay of Obsession for Brian De Palma. … Read More
1976 29 Years Old His script of Taxi Driver was turned into the Martin Scorsese film, which was nominated for a 1976 Best Picture Academy Award. … Read More


1982 35 Years Old Among Paul Schrader's films in the 1980s were American Gigolo (1980), his 1982 remake of Cat People, Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985, again co-written with Leonard Schrader, with Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas serving as executive producers), for which he was nominated for the Palme d'Or prize at that year's Cannes Film Festival, and Patty Hearst (1988), about the kidnapping and transformation of the Hearst Corporation heiress.


1987 40 Years Old In 1987, he was a member of the jury at the 37th Berlin International Film Festival. … Read More
1995 48 Years Old Schrader also wrote two stage plays, Berlinale and Cleopatra Club. The latter saw its premiere at the Powerhouse Theater in Poughkeepsie, New York, in 1995 and its foreign language debut in Vienna in 2011. … Read More


1998 51 Years Old In 1998, Schrader was the recipient of the Austin Film Festival's Distinguished Screenwriter Award.
2002 55 Years Old In 2002 he directed the biopic Auto Focus, loosely based on the life and murder of Hogan's Heroes actor, Bob Crane.
2003 56 Years Old In 2003, Schrader made entertainment headlines for being fired from Exorcist: Dominion, a prequel film to The Exorcist (1973). … Read More
2005 58 Years Old Schrader's version eventually had its premiere at the Brussels International Festival of Fantastic Film on March 18, 2005 as Exorcist: The Original Prequel. … Read More
2006 59 Years Old The September-October 2006 issue of Film Comment magazine published his essay Canon Fodder which attempted to establish criteria for judging film masterworks.


2007 60 Years Old Schrader headed the International Jury of the 2007 Berlin International Film Festival. … Read More
2009 62 Years Old On July 2, 2009, Schrader was awarded the inaugural Lifetime Achievement in Screenwriting award at the ScreenLit Festival in Nottingham, England. … Read More
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