Film critic, screenwriter, director and — as of his latest movie — actor Paul Schrader is being honored at the Metrograph with a five-film retrospective and sneak preview of “Dog Eat Dog.” All five selections from his distinguished filmography — “Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters,” “American Gigolo,” “Patty Hearst,” “Affliction” and “Blue Collar” — will screen on 35mm.
Schrader’s most ambitious, visually inventive work follows the life and death of Japanese artist Yukio Mishima, whose extreme ways are given properly out-there treatment. “A Life in Four Chapters,” which is also well known for its score by Philip Glass, opens the series on October 29 at 5:45 p.m.
“Dog Eat Dog”
“My God, Michelle. It’s taken me so long to come to you.” Possibly Schrader’s best film, “American Gigolo” screens twice on October 30 — and the writer/director will be there for the 3:30 p.m. showing.
Natasha Richardson stars as everyone’s favorite involuntary member of the Symbionese Liberation Army. “Patty Hearst” plays in between the two “American Gigolo” screenings at 6 p.m.
Schrader’s feature debut stars the trio of Richard Pryor, Harvey Keitel and and Yaphet Kotto (“Alien”) as auto workers in Detroit who tire of their union wages and decide to go into business for themselves. “Blue Collar” screens at 7 p.m. on November 1.
Nick Nolte and James Coburn star in this tense father/son drama, which Schrader drew on his own experiences to write. Coburn won an Oscar for “Affliction,” which closes the series immediately following “Blue Collar.”