Patty Hearst

Introduction by Alex Ross Perry
Screening on Film
Directed by Paul Schrader.
With Natasha Richardson, William Forsythe, Ving Rhames.
US, 1988, 35mm, color, 108 min.
Print source: HFA

Full disclosure: I have not seen this movie. But what is the point of a carte blanche if I am not able to cross an elusive white whale off of my list? Paul Schrader is one of my favorite filmmakers, and his influence on me as a chronicler of the angry, misunderstood and isolated cannot be overstated. American Gigolo is another top-10 entry for me, and for years I have tried to get somebody to screen Patty Hearst so I could finally see how Schrader handles this particular female protagonist, as opposed to his usual lonely, angry man. I think a print of this played once in New York, though I cannot imagine how or why I missed it. Anyway, I made a short documentary on Paul that should now be available on the Criterion Channel. – ARP

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