Julian makes a lucrative living as an escort to older women in the Los Angeles area. One of his clients is murdered and Detective Sunday begins pumping him for details on his different clients, something he is reluctant to do considering the nature of his work.
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Bressonian transcendence meets New Hollywood excess, made possible by Bertoluccian 'baroque' stylisation. That final shot is one of the most enigmatic, beautiful and thought-provoking in all of cinema. A masterpiece of observation and mise-en-scène and one of Schrader greatest films.
A Guy Movie through and through, but one that feels more human and compassionate than most due to Paul Schrader's thorough understanding of how people make connections and how they create stakes for themselves. A wildly underrated neo-noir masterpiece, even if Gere's performance is admittedly a bit...perfunctory at times.
great soundtrack, even though it is only several of Giorgio Moroders takes on Blondie's Call Me. at times Schrader successfully portrays what he has written (the probe & scene where Gere looks for the planted jewelery). gets a bit weak at times. end has definitely been compromised with distributor. Schrader's script is great.
I love Paul Schrader, I have avidly followed his Directing career as much as his estimable Screenwriting career, but for all the historical praised heaped on this film I just found it a bit flat. It comes across as being restricted within the era it is set and really letdown by the aesthetic of that time. Shame, I wish I could have liked it more.