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Paul Schrader: Battling Health Issues, Navigating Cancel Culture, and Crafting Cinema

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Paul Schrader: Battling Health Issues, Navigating Cancel Culture, and Crafting Cinema

Award-winning writer and director, Paul Schrader, renowned for his work in films like 'American Gigolo', 'Cat People', and 'Taxi Driver', has recently opened up about his current health complications, his stance on political correctness, and his newly released and future film projects. At 77, Schrader is battling long Covid and bronchial pneumonia, which has led to several hospitalizations. Despite these health setbacks, his passion for cinema remains undeterred, evidenced by his upcoming trip to Avellino, Italy, to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Laceno d'Oro film festival.

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Schrader's Ongoing Projects Amid Health Challenges

Unfazed by his health issues, Schrader recently completed a film titled 'Oh Canada'. The lead roles are played by Jacob Elordi, Uma Thurman, and Richard Gere. The narrative follows a character's introspective journey as he grapples with cancer, a poignant reflection of the novel 'Foregone' by Russell Banks. Schrader and Banks were close friends, and the latter's dying process heavily influenced the film's subject matter.

Paul Schrader's Take on Contemporary Films and Cancel Culture

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Schrader has never been one to shy away from voicing his opinions. He recently criticized 'Saltburn', a film by Emerald Fennell, on social media. His thoughts on cancel culture also reveal a shifting perspective that has evolved since the onset of the MeToo movement. Schrader advocates for discretion when publicly criticizing colleagues or actors he may work with in the future, including acclaimed director Martin Scorsese.

Reflections on Lindsay Lohan's Career

A notable mention was his expression of regret over the lost years in Lindsay Lohan's career. Schrader, who directed her in 'The Canyons', voiced his sadness over the promising talent's tumultuous journey.

Despite his health struggles, Paul Schrader's dedication to cinema is unwavering. His latest film 'Master Gardener', with Joel Edgerton in the lead role, further emphasizes his commitment to creative control, even in the face of production challenges. Schrader's journey is a testament to his indomitable spirit and his enduring influence on the world of cinema.

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