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Paul Schrader Essay Film Noir


The following articles and reviews are listing chronologically and without comment. Some are youthful, some are wrongheaded, some are pretty good. - Paul S.





Berlinale


The Cleopatra Club




Los Olvidados – Calvin College Chimes – Oct. 29, 1965
Ordet – Calvin College Chimes – Dec. 3, 1965



Life at the Top – Calvin College Chimes – Mar. 25, 1966
The Sound of Movies – Calvin College Chimes – Sept. 9, 1966
Night of Ashes – Calvin College Chimes – Oct. 7, 1966
Stories of the King – Calvin College Chimes – Dec. 16, 1966



Appaloosa – Calvin College Chimes – Jan. 27, 1967
A Surfing Safari – Calvin College Chimes – Feb. 3, 1967
Closing-time in the Novel – Calvin College Chimes – Mar. 3, 1967
Cinematic Effects in the Contemporary Arts – Calvin College Chimes – April 28, 1967
J Edgar Hoover – Calvin College Chimes – April 28, 1967
A Dangling Conversation – Calvin College Chimes – May 12, 1967
Why Are We in Vietnam? – Calvin College Chimes – Nov. 3, 1967



Donoso – Calvin College Chimes – January 19, 1968
Pauline Kael's Culture - Spectacle - May 10, 1968
Catcher in the Milky-Way – Spectacle – Sept. 13, 1968
Shell Games (Belle de Jour) – Spectacle – Oct. 18, 1968
War and Peace Chronological Impossibility – Spectacle – Dec. 13, 1968
Faces - Los Angeles Free Press – December 20-27, 1968



Belle De Jour – Los Angeles Free Press – January 24 – 31, 1969
The Sergeant, Les Biches, Killing of Sister George - Los Angeles Free Press – Jan 31- Feb 7, 1969
The Magus - Los Angeles Free Press – February 7 – February 13, 1969
Hell in the Pacific, Joanna – Los Angeles Free Press – Feb. 21-27, 1969
Tell Me Lies, Shame - Los Angeles Free Press – February 14 – February 20, 1969
“They’re Young…They’re in Love…They Kill People” – Cinema Magazine – Vol. 5 No. 2
Stolen Kisses - Los Angeles Free Press – February 28 – March 6, 1969
Isadora - Los Angeles Free Press – March 7-14, 1969
War and Peace - Los Angeles Free Press – March 14-21, 1969
Boudo Saved From Drowning - Los Angeles Free Press – March 21-27.1969
Model Shop, The prime of Miss Jean Brodie, To Ingrid My Love Lisa, Baby Love, Support your Local Sherrif, Daisies - Los Angeles Free Press – March 28 – April 4, 1969
La Prisonniere - Los Angeles Free Press – April 4-10, 1969
Goodbye Columbus - Los Angeles Free Press – April 11-17, 1969 // Cinema Magazine - Vol. 5 No. 2
Firemans Ball Review – Los Angeles Free Press - April 18-24, 1969 // Cinema Magazine - Vol. 5 No. 2
Pickpocket Part 1 - Los Angeles Free Press – April 25-May 1, 1969
Pickpocket Part 2 - Los Angeles Free Press – May 2-9, 1969
Sam Peckinpah going to Mexico – Cinema Magazine – Vol. 5 No. 3
Grazia Zia, Monterey Pop – Los Angeles Free Press - May 16-22, 1969
Interview with Pennebaker – Los Angeles Free Press - May 16-22, 1969
Black on White - Los Angeles Free Press – May 23-30, 1969
Greetings Review – Los Angeles Free Press – May 30-June 5, 1969 // Cinema Magazine - Vol. 5 No. 2
Teorema - Los Angeles Free Press – June 6-12, 1969
If Review – Cinema Magazine – Vol.5 No. 3 // Los Angeles Free Press – June 13-20, 1969
The Wild Bunch - Los Angeles Free Press – June 20-27, 1969
Midnight Cowboy Review – Los Angeles Free Press – June 27-July 4, 1969 // Cinema Magazine – Vol. 5 No. 3
Naked Angels - Los Angeles Free Press – July 18-25, 1969
Easy Rider - Los Angeles Free Press – July 25-August 1, 1969
The Learning Tree - Los Angeles Free Press – August 22-29, 1969
Alice’s Restaurant – The Image – October 3-16, 1969 // Cinema Magazine – Vol. 5 No. 3
An Interview with Henri-Georges Clouzot – Cinema Magazine – Vol. 5 No. 4
Bob & Carol and Ted & Alice, Lion’s Love – Coast FM & Fine Arts – December 1969
Women in Love Review – Cinema Magazine – Vol. 6 No. 1
Tell Them Willie Boy is Here – Cinema Magazine – Vol. 6 No. 1



The Arrangement – Coast FM & Fine Arts – January 1970
Z: A Modern Greek Tragedy - Coast FM & Fine Arts – February 1970
Tell Them Wille Boy Was Here – Coast FM & Fine Arts – March 1970
Poetry of Ideas: The Films of Charles Eames - Film Quarterly – Spring 1970
Budd Boetticher: A Case Study- Cinema Magazine – Vol. 6 No. 2 Fall 1970
The Rise of Louis XIV - Los Angeles Free Press – December 4, 1970



The Rise of Louis XIV – Cinema Magazine – Vol. 6 No. 3 Spring 1971
Brandy in the Wilderness – Cinema Magazine – Vol. 7 No. 1 Fall 1971
Joseph H. Lewis: Three Articles – Cinema Magazine – Vol. 7 No. 1 Fall 1971
Gimme Shelter Review – Cinema Magazine - Vol. 7 No. 1 Fall 1971
The Film Noir – Filmex - 1971



Transcendental Style in Film: Ozu, Bresson, Dreyer - Program Notes – Book Released 1972
Sisters – LA – No. 19 November 11, 1972
Herostratus – LA – No. 20 November 18, 1972
Unholy Rollers Review – Film Quarterly – Winter 1972-73
Outtakes: Are All Hollywood Films About Hollywood – The Real Paper – December 6, 1972
Unholy Rollers – LA - No. 24 December 16, 1972



John Milius: Master of Flash – The Weekly News Los Angeles – August 17-24, 1973


Yakuza-Eiga: A Primer – Film Comment – January/February 1974



Screenwriter: Taxi Driver’s Paul Schrader – Film Comment – March/April 1976



Robert Bresson, Possibly – Film Comment – September/October 1997



Don't Cry for Me When I'm Gone: Motion Pictures in the 1990s - DGA News - Feb/March 1993


A Man of Excess: Paul Schrader on Jean Renoir – Sight and Sound – January 1995
Babes in the Hood - Interview with Larry Clark - ArtForum - May 1995 (link)
Powerhouse Premiere: Comedy/Pathos combine in Schrader’s ‘Cleopatra Club’ – Poughkeepsie Journal – Friday June 30, 1995



Aleksandr Sokurov Interview – Film Comment – November/December 1997



Lost and Found – Film Comment – September/October 2000



A Hundred Years of Japanese Film: Forward by Paul Schrader – Copyright 2001
Pauline Kael 1919 – 2001: My Family Drama – Film Comment – November/December 2001



Fruitful Pursuits – ArtForum International – March 2002


The Film Canon – Film Comment – Sept/ Oct. 2006



Performance - Film Comment - March/April 2007
The Dark Page - Book by Kevin Johnson, Foreward by Paul Schrader 2007
Opening a Door - Thin Ice - Book ed. by Van Til and Olson 2007



Beyond the Silver Screen - The Guardian June 2009
Masculin-féminin - National Film and Television School 2009



Review of Paul Verhoeven's "Jesus of Nazareth" - Film Comment July-August 2010



Game Changers: The Birth of Narrative - Film Comment, July-Aug 2014 (link)
Game Changers: The Close-Up - Film Comment, Sep-Oct 2014 (link)
Game Changers: Editing - Film Comment, Nov-Dec 2014 (link)



Game Changers: Camera Movement - Film Comment, Mar-Apr 2015 (link)



Game Changers: Production Design - Film Comment, Mar-Apr 2016 (link)


This free conversation between Annette Insdorf and Paul Schrader is part of The Inaugural Dr. Saul and Dorothy Kit Film Noir Festival

The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of: Paris 1946 and American Film Noir

Programmed by Rob King, Film Studies

In 1972, the young screenwriter and soon-to-be-director Paul Schrader published “Notes on Film Noir” in Film Comment. Among the most influential essays on the topic in the English language, Schrader’s piece helped establish noir on the agenda of American film scholarship and criticism. In conversation with Film and Media Studies professor Annette Insdorf, Schrader today returns to that essay to consider noir’s relevance to the New Hollywood of the 1970s and its continued legacy into the present.

Columbia University Film Professor Annette Insdorf is also moderator of the popular Reel Pieces series at Manhattan's 92nd Street Y, where she has interviewed over 200 film celebrities. She is the author of Cinematic Overtures: How to Read Opening Scenes (2017), Intimations: The Cinema of Wojciech Has (2017), Philip Kaufman (2012), Double Lives, Second Chances: The Cinema of Krzysztof Kieslowski (1999), Francois Truffaut (1978), and the landmark study, Indelible Shadows: Film and the Holocaust (2002, with a foreword by Elie Wiesel). She is the host of two series streaming on FilmStruck – “Indelible Shadows” and “Cinematic Overtures” – based on her books.

Paul Schrader is a celebrated American screenwriter, filmmaker, and film critic. An Academy award and BAFTA nominee, he is most notably known for co-writing the screenplays for Taxi Driver (1976), Raging Bull (1980), and The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) alongside director Martin Scorsese, as well as for directing several films including Blue Collar (1978), American Gigolo (1980), Affliction (1997), and The Canyons (2013). As a film critic, he has written for the Los Angeles Free Press and Film Comment and published the book Transcendental Style in Film: Ozu, Bresson, Dreyer in 1972. His latest film is First Reformed (2017).

Paris 1946. The war is over and American films are once again in Parisian theaters. The French immediately notice a shift in the sensibility of Hollywood’s crime films. They call it noir.

This festival—the first in a ten-year series devoted to the legacy of film noir—returns us to that pivotal moment in film history some seven decades ago. For its inaugural year, the Kit Film Noir Festival will present eight of the films that screened in France that season and inspired the label film noir. Most films will be shown in 35mm.

Free and open to the public.

This festival is funded by a generous gift from alumnus Gordon Kit (Columbia College ’76), in honor of his parents.

For more information, contact filmnoir@columbia.edu