Transcendental Style In Film

By Paul Schrader
(Da Capo Press, Paperback, 9780306803352, 194pp.)

Publication Date: October 1, 1988

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The acclaimed director of "Mishima, American Gigolo, Hard Core, Blue Collar, Cat People "also the screenwriter for "Taxi Driver," Paul Schrader here analyzes the film style of three great directorsYasajiro Ozu, Robert Bresson, Carl Dreyerand posits a common dramatic language by these artists from divergent cultures. Unlike the style of psychological realism, which dominates film, the transcendental style expresses a spiritual state with austere camerawork, acting devoid of self-consciousness, and editing that avoids editorial comment. This important book is an original contribution to film analysis and a key work by one of our most searching directors and writers.

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Paul Schrader is the acclaimed director of Mishima, American Gigolo, Hard Core, Blue Collar, Cat People and the screenwriter for Taxi Driver.

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