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Re: Paul Schrader

#151 Post by ellipsis7 » Fri Sep 18, 2020 5:01 am

George Sanders notably set his exit age @ 65, famously leaving this suicide note...
Dear World, I am leaving because I am bored. I feel I have lived long enough. I am leaving you with your worries in this sweet cesspool. Good luck.

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Re: Paul Schrader

#152 Post by MichaelB » Fri Sep 18, 2020 5:16 am

colinr0380 wrote:
Fri Sep 18, 2020 4:11 am
Has Greenaway attached a special significance to that particular age number, or just likes the mathematical preciseness of it in some way?
He firmly believes that 80 marks the point where you stop being a productive member of society and start being a drain on it. He made that decision years ago and clearly intends to go through with it. (I doubt very much my experience was unusual, and he'd already gone public so I'm not betraying any confidences.)

Anyway, we'll know on 5 April 2022, or shortly afterwards.
ellipsis7 wrote:
Fri Sep 18, 2020 5:01 am
George Sanders notably set his exit age @ 65, famously leaving this suicide note...
I recently edited a terrific career-spanning interview with Don Sharp (for Indicator's Fu Manchu box), who said that it was rather sad working with Sanders on Psychomania, which turned out to be his last film - Sharp didn't realise until shooting started that Sanders was pretty much stone deaf and so they had to devise various elaborate workarounds for when he reacted to things.

And Sharp used to share a car with him to and from the set, and said that he seemed incredibly depressed for someone with such a stellar past - so the suicide probably wasn't that much of a surprise (although Sharp merely acknowledges that it happened; I doubt that he thought it had anything to do with Psychomania specifically, because Sharp always struck me as the epitome of brisk efficiency, not remotely the kind of director who'd drive his actors to suicide).

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Re: Paul Schrader

#153 Post by whaleallright » Sun Sep 20, 2020 6:47 pm

It's remarkable how closely Sanders's suicide note corresponds to his ironic, world-weary film persona. You can hear practically any of his characters reading it aloud.

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Re: Paul Schrader

#154 Post by hearthesilence » Sun Oct 18, 2020 6:09 pm

Came across Schrader's response to Film Comment's "Best of the Nineties" poll. He includes a list of twelve films, one of which is Light Sleeper. (As pointed out elsewhere, he voted for First Reformed as the decade's best film when Film Comment ran a poll last year.)

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Re: Paul Schrader

#155 Post by therewillbeblus » Mon Mar 15, 2021 11:55 pm

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Re: Paul Schrader

#156 Post by hearthesilence » Tue Mar 16, 2021 2:43 am

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Re: Paul Schrader

#157 Post by DarkImbecile » Thu Apr 22, 2021 9:33 pm

Richard Brody interviews Schrader for The New Yorker, and he mentions an interesting project:
Have you ever entertained the possibility of working for a streaming service directly, whether a feature film or a series?

Yeah. Well, Scorsese and I are planning something, and it is . . . it would be a three-year series about the origins of Christianity.

Fiction? Drama?

No, no, no. It’s based on the Apostles and on the Apocrypha. It’s called “The Apostles and Apocrypha.” Because people sort of know the New Testament, but nobody knows the Apocrypha. And back in the first century, there was no New Testament, there’s just these stories. And some were true, and some weren’t, and some were forgeries.

But these will be dramatized like “The Last Temptation”?

Yeah.

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Re: Paul Schrader

#158 Post by albucat » Fri Apr 23, 2021 1:45 am

I dearly want this to happen, but have trouble imagining those two old men putting aside enough time to actually get it made.

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#159 Post by hearthesilence » Fri Apr 23, 2021 10:32 am

I'm sure it'll happen, just like the Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra biopics.

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Re: Paul Schrader

#160 Post by Telstar » Fri Apr 23, 2021 1:03 pm

MichaelB wrote:
Fri Sep 18, 2020 5:16 am
colinr0380 wrote:
Fri Sep 18, 2020 4:11 am
Has Greenaway attached a special significance to that particular age number, or just likes the mathematical preciseness of it in some way?
He firmly believes that 80 marks the point where you stop being a productive member of society and start being a drain on it. He made that decision years ago and clearly intends to go through with it. (I doubt very much my experience was unusual, and he'd already gone public so I'm not betraying any confidences.)

Anyway, we'll know on 5 April 2022, or shortly afterwards.
ellipsis7 wrote:
Fri Sep 18, 2020 5:01 am
So Greenaway's been 80 for a few weeks now and is still alive and kicking. Has he changed his mind?

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Re: Paul Schrader

#161 Post by stevewhamola » Fri Apr 23, 2021 1:30 pm

2022

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Re: Paul Schrader

#162 Post by Telstar » Fri Apr 23, 2021 1:51 pm

stevewhamola wrote:
Fri Apr 23, 2021 1:30 pm
2022
Oops. Guess PG has nearly another full year of being a productive member of society.

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Re: Paul Schrader

#163 Post by beamish14 » Fri Apr 23, 2021 2:32 pm

Telstar wrote:
Fri Apr 23, 2021 1:51 pm
stevewhamola wrote:
Fri Apr 23, 2021 1:30 pm
2022
Oops. Guess PG has nearly another full year of being a productive member of society.

He's making a film with Morgan Freeman right now. Plus, there are a few HD transfers he needs to supervise before he can leave this mortal coil.

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