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Paul Schrader on His Health, Recent Projects, and Candid Thoughts on the Film Industry

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Paul Schrader on His Health, Recent Projects, and Candid Thoughts on the Film Industry

The celebrated Oscar-nominated filmmaker, Paul Schrader, known for his scripts for 'American Gigolo' and 'Taxi Driver', recently opened up about his ongoing health issues, recent cinematic projects, and his outspoken views on the film industry and cancel culture. Despite wrestling with the long-term effects of COVID-19 and bronchial pneumonia, the 77-year-old auteur continues to remain active in the industry.

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Oh Canada and the Art of Filmmaking

Schrader has recently wrapped up his new film, 'Oh Canada', casting Jacob Elordi, Uma Thurman, and Richard Gere in leading roles. The film, based on a novel by his late friend Russell Banks, is a contemplative reflection on death, inspired by Schrader's own encounters with his health crisis. His approach to filmmaking is meticulous, with a keen focus on emotional subtlety and stillness in his characters, as evident in his latest endeavor.

Exploring Male Angst and Controversial Themes

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Schrader's cinematic repertoire is recognized for exploring themes of male angst. His recent film, 'Master Gardener', showcases Joel Edgerton as Narvel Roth, a former white nationalist turned horticulturist, offering a glimpse into Schrader's venture into controversial narratives. His candid opinions on recent films, industry trends, and his blunt remarks on cancel culture reflect his enduring influence and contentious reputation in Hollywood.

Direct Communication and Avoiding Public Criticism

Schrader voiced his thoughts on other directors and films, including a critical view of Emerald Fennell's 'Saltburn.' However, he avoids public criticism of colleagues like Martin Scorsese, opting for direct communication instead. His candid reflections also touched upon the lost career years of Lindsay Lohan. Despite his forthrightness, Schrader remains cautious about the potential career repercussions of his public opinions, which he often shares on his Facebook page.

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