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Today we’re looking at Hardcore. Coming from a devout Calvinist family in western Michigan, Paul Schrader diverged from becoming a minister when he took up film studies at UCLA at the recommendation and encouragement of film critic Pauline Kael. His first break into the film world came when he and his brother Leonard wrote the script for Sydney Pollack’s thriller The Yakuza (1974), which he followed up with Obsession (1976) for Brian De Palma and Taxi Driver (1976) for Martin Scorsese; it was success of the latter that elevated Schrader to the director’s chair with Blue Collar (1978) – though an on-set nervous breakdown during production nearly ended his directorial career – and followed that up with Hardcore. Previously released in a limited batch run by Twilight Time in 2016 (HTF’s own Richard Gallagher...

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