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Paul Schrader United States, 1980

Lights in the Dusk's rating of the film American Gigolo

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.