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Hardcore (1979)

Directed by:
Paul Schrader
COUNTRY
USA

GENRE
Neo-noir/Crime/Drama

NORWEGIAN TITLE
Hardcore

RUNNING TIME
108 minutes

Produced by:
Buzz Feitshans

Written by:
Paul Schrader


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Jake Van Dorn George C. Scott
Andy Mast Peter Boyle
Niki Season Hubley

Wes DeJong

Dick Sargent
Bill Ramada Leonard Gaines -
Kurt David Nichols -

Tod

Gary Graham -

Detective Burrows

Larry Block -

Ratan

Marc Alaimo -

Felice

Leslie Ackerman -

Kristen Van Dorn

Ilah Davis

 

Review

Paul Schrader's matter-of-fact, unsentimental direction drives this contemporary delve into the seedy underworld of pornography and prostitution in late 1970s California forward with an ensnaring, icky combination of piety and voyeurism. Schrader's script is a logical follow-up to Taxi Driver, and very 1970s in essence. This was an era when a person's private life was so private that no predilection was to be questioned, but also so public that no behaviour was to be shunned. You needed a righteous, chaste single parent from the Midwest in order to lift the sheets and ask ethical questions about the liberation of sexuality. And you needed a filmmaker with the confidence and integrity that Schrader had at the time to venture into the budding porn business with as little temporal distance as was the case with Hardcore. This gives the film a proximity and relevance about it which keeps it constantly interesting despite an ever-present whiff of pretension. Season Hubley is effervescent as the prostitute George C. Scott's character strikes up a partnership with along the way. Ilah Davis is less convincing as his runaway daughter. The occasionally atmospheric photography is by Scorsese's regular cinematographer Michael Chapman.

Copyright 15.08.2023 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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