Our salute to writer-director Paul Schrader continues with a pair of seamy dramas. AMERICAN GIGOLO stars Richard Gere as an Armani-clad male prostitute embroiled in an affair with a senator’s wife, while HARDCORE follows conservative businessman George C. Scott's search for his daughter, who may now be working in the L.A. porn industry.
Paul Schrader appears in person with his directorial debut, BLUE COLLAR, in which auto plant workers Harvey Keitel, Richard Pryor and Yaphet Kotto get mixed up with with organized crime. Followed by AUTO FOCUS, starring Greg Kinnear as Bob Crane, the affable star of television's "Hogan's Heroes," who hides a sex addiction and an exhibitionistic streak.
Our celebration of French noir begins with this double feature starring Jean Gabin. In DAYBREAK he plays a foundry employee driven to murder due to complicated romantic entanglements. In THE TRUTH OF OUR MARRIAGE, Gabin attempts to recover from being poisoned by his wife (played with hauntingly cold precision by Danielle Darrieux).
Our French noir series continues with this suspenseful double feature. In JOY HOUSE on-the-run gigolo Alain Delon takes refuge in a religious shelter operated by a rich, mysterious widow. In BACK TO THE WALL, Gérard Oury is a cuckolded husband who devises an ingenious revenge against his cheating wife (Jeanne Moreau).
Our French noir series concludes with this double feature, beginning with director Henri-Georges Clouzot’s masterpiece about a prostitute who is condemned as a collaborationist for sleeping with Germans during the war. Then, René Clément delivers action on the high seas as a doctor is kidnapped by a group of desperate Nazis fleeing for South America in a submarine.