American Gigolo (1980)
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A slick Los Angeles callboy finds love and redemption in Paul Schrader's ultra-stylish drama. High-living prostitute Julian Kay (Richard Gere, stepping in for John Travolta) has it all: the Mercedes, the clothes, access to Beverly Hills' swankiest establishments, and a stable of rich, older female clients. But it all falls apart after he does a favor for his former pimp (Bill Duke) and the trick turns up dead a short while later; Julian's actual client won't give him an alibi, and police
Feb 1, 1980 Wide
May 23, 2000
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Schrader's development of the frame-up story is mechanically melodramatic, and Gere, essentially a boring actor, doesn't help much either. He just cannot carry a picture, even when his passivity and gentleness well serve some aspects of his character...
Schrader's third outing as a director is betrayed by a curious, uncharacteristic evasiveness at its core.
It all becomes something of an academic, if entertaining, exercise that fails to stir the emotions.
The whole movie has a winning sadness about it; take away the story's sensational aspects and what you have is a study in loneliness.
Stylish but emotionally hollow, Paul Schrader's morality tale of a callboy (played by Richard Gere), offers some visual pleasures, including Armani's slick wardrobe.
Schrader manages to underline the glamour of the protagonist's profession while at the same time illustrating its seedy underside.
The story becomes increasingly implausible as its thriller elements kick in, but the moving last shot achieves a sense of spiritual transcendence and grace rare in American movies.
Although the film rather loses its grip in the last two reels, this is, on the whole, an impressive piece of work.
Turn off the sound and just enjoy the visuals.
Slick, empty and far from sensual
A trama policial é fraquíssima, e nem Schrader (também roteirista) sabe como lidar com ela, já que o ato final da história abusa de cenas episódicas em fade, só para amarrar o desfecho.
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