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Weekday Lounge Exclusive | ‘Contradiction is the essence of character’

Weekday Lounge Exclusive | ‘Contradiction is the essence of character’
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First Published: Mon, Jul 21 2008. 12 40 AM IST
Updated: Mon, Jul 21 2008. 12 40 AM IST
He thinks the Oscars are a public relations campaign, and has made it a point to never watch the movies he has worked on once they are complete. At 62, Paul Schrader sees no reason “to dwell on the past, when there are new projects to work on”.
For a man who is known for his wild image and his association with film noir, a genre which includes the likes of Matin Scorcese, Schrader has given cinema world a collection of 30-odd masterpieces such as Taxi Driver, Raging Bull and The Last Temptation of Christ which he wrote, and Auto Focus which he directed. He has just finished work on his new film Adam Resurrected, an adaptation from a Yoram Kaniuk novel of the same name starring Jeff Goldblum and Willem Defoe, which he directed.
In a candid interview with Lounge, Schrader speaks about the relevance of Travis Bickley (the protagonist in Taxi Driver) today, his writing method, his inspirations, the complexity of human behaviour and why the creator of anti-heroes does not relate to superhero movies at all.
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First Published: Mon, Jul 21 2008. 12 40 AM IST