Paul Schrader wrote or co-wrote screenplays for the Martin Scorsese classics Taxi Driver and Raging Bull, both considered among the greatest films ever made, and has directed 18 feature films, including his 1982 remake of the horror classic Cat People, and critically acclaimed dramas American Gigolo (1980), Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985), Affliction (1997), Auto Focus (2002), and The Canyons (2013).
Schrader received his B.A. from Calvin College in Theology. He then earned an M.A. in Film Studies from the UCLA Film School graduate program. He became a film critic, writing for the Los Angeles Free Press, and later for Cinema magazine. His book Transcendental Style in Film: Ozu, Bresson, Dreyer, which examines the similarities between Robert Bresson, Yasujirō Ozu and Carl Theodor Dreyer, was published in 1972. His essay Notes on Film Noir from the same year has become a much-cited source in literature on film.