THE COMFORT OF STRANGERS
1990, 107 min, USA/Italy/UK, Dir: Paul Schrader

Noted playwright Harold Pinter penned this sinister adaptation of Ian McEwan’s novel about twisted relationships. Considering marriage, British couple Rupert Everett and Natasha Richardson travel to Venice, where well-to-do bar owner Christopher Walken and wife Helen Mirren take an unnatural interest in them.


PATTY HEARST
1988, Park Circus/MGM, 108 min, UK/USA, Dir: Paul Schrader

Patricia Hearst was a 19-year-old newspaper fortune heiress when she was kidnapped by left-wing terrorists in 1974; in the months that followed, she transformed from frightened hostage to machine-gun toting revolutionary. Based on Hearst’s book, this stylish and riveting drama features Natasha Richardson in the title role and Ving Rhames, William Forsythe and Frances Fisher as her Symbionese Liberation Army cohorts.


BLUE COLLAR
1978, Universal, 114 min, USA, Dir: Paul Schrader

Paul Schrader’s directorial debut is one of his best pictures and remains one of the most searing accounts ever of the urban working man’s life in America. Harvey Keitel, Richard Pryor and Yaphet Kotto are auto plant workers and best friends who are less than happy with their severely corrupt union. When their nocturnal burglary of the union’s safe nets cash along with a startling revelation of cooked books - kickbacks, payoffs and collusion with organized crime - the lives of the three comrades become a nightmare of looking-over-their-shoulders paranoia. The director co-wrote the screenplay with his brother, Leonard Schrader (THE YAKUZA), and the amazing original score is by Jack Nitzsche (PERFORMANCE), with an unforgettable hard blues-rock opening-credits song warbled by none other than Captain Beefheart. A film comparable in street credibility and manic energy to Scorsese’s MEAN STREETS - if you have never seen this, it is not to be missed. "Very probably the most clear-sighted movie ever made about the ways that shopfloor workers get f*****d over by 'the system.'" - Time Out (UK)


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