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His business is pleasure!
Julian makes a lucrative living as an escort to older women in the Los Angeles area. He begins a relationship with Michelle, a local politician's wife, without expecting any pay. 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. Julian begins to suspect he's being framed. Meanwhile Michelle begins to fall in love with him.
Growing up, I always thought Venetian blinds where the height of sleazy sophistication, and I'm pretty sure this film is to thank for introducing the trend. This film is incredible, stylistically. Giorgio Moroder's score is a thing of beauty, oozing opulence and decadence and offering a backdrop for the seedier side of night-time Los Angeles. I would steal Lauren Hutton's wardrobe in an instance, and - let's face it - perhaps even Richard Gere's.
The film looks and sounds amazing, and the first 45 minutes are thoroughly enjoyable, but once the murder plot sets it, the film becomes a terrible caricature. Is it supposed to be suspenseful? The film is casually homophobic and misogynist, and there is little attention for…
There is quite a bit I do not know about "American Gigolo." For one thing, I can't tell if the film is misogynistic and homophobic, or just so melodramatic that all of its characters seem a bit like caricatures. I also can't quite tell if the film is legitimately well made, or just so strange that I can't help but become absorbed by it. But one thing is for sure: I was never bored by this movie.
Fueled with a synth score that may feel awfully out of place but is pretty damn good, "American Gigolo" is a moody piece of melodrama fueled by surprisingly decent lead performances. Many of the supporting players do a bad job here, but Richard…
American Gigolo is another of Paul Schrader's "God's lonely man" films. His quartet being Taxi Driver, American Gigolo, Light Sleeper and The Walker. They are a fascinating set of films, as much for their flaws, as for their successes. They are character studies of opaque, egotistical demons, increasingly pathetic and less dangerous with age. They mirror Schrader himself, and his own career. American Gigolo is the second of quartet and the first directed by Schrader. The film is built around two magnetic aspects, Richard Gere's preening, marvellous central performance and Giorgio Moroder propulsive and unbeatable score. People went crazy for Nightcrawler last year (a weak, overcooked faux-satire almost rescued by an unblinking Gyllenhaal) however the whole film and more is…
Almost a forgotten masterpiece.
Until the final 15 minutes of this movie I was thinking that I rediscovered a 1980’s film that was under-appreciated and possibly lost in the drudgery that was 80’s cinema. Then the ending derailed the movie enough that I am tempted to give it a negative review.
Written and directed by Paul Schrader, who also wrote classics like Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, and The Last Temptation of Christ as well as directing Auto Focus and Affliction, this movie depicts the life of a high class male escort living in L.A. in the early 80’s. The movie’s plot focuses on a murder that the protagonist, Julien as played perfectly by a young and sexy Richard Gere, is…
Richard Gere > Rob Schneider
Whereas Schrader's previous two films "Blue Collar and "Hardcore" feel extremely 70's in their griminess, "Gigolo" steps up the style exponentially basically serving as the blueprint for endless films, music videos and especially advertising in all of it's surface level polish and sleekness. Sexy camera movements, good looking people, expensive things this is the kind of movie that makes you want to do a bunch of cocaine and spend money, that is until the money runs out and your ass gets framed for some weird murder...
This was a part that was shopped around to a number of actors including John Travolta and Sylvester Stallone (!) but really Gere is the only one who could pull this role off. Never…
(5/8 is "Good")
As a portrait of a male prostitute, it got off to a fair start. This man embodies his career.
But there isn't enough flavor here. His character wasn't deep enough, nor was the story. It's not a lowly film, but it doesn't fly very high either.
And in the last scene Robert Bresson creeps in.
Not bad passed the time . Don't rush in to it . Not really a thriller.
Starting to become a huge fan of 80's Richard Gere after this and Breathless, I'll have to watch more of his movies from that time.
It's a solid character study, but the murder mystery doesn't seem as fleshed out as it thinks it is. That might be the point, but it's sort of difficult to follow / maintain interest when the characters aren't that deep.
Gere and Hutton's relationship also never seemed that deep to me. I never felt a connection between them - again, maybe that was the intention...
That said, I loved Morodor's score and the now cliched use of blinds, shadows and Armani suits is amazing. This is one beautiful movie.
I feel like I'd enjoy this…
Wanted to scratch this off the list and enjoyed it for the most part. Gere was solid but Bill Duke (w/hair) had to be my favorite part. Great cinematography by John Bailey.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Great film. Charming. Very American. One of those few examples - someone in life will want to take advantage of you at one point. Looks, charisma, personality, etc.
Opening is so awesome. Felt like 80s even if you're not in that time currently. Vibes are stylishly unique. Just an overall cool flick.
Sex scene between Michelle and Julian is timeless. They fell in love. Michelle in one or another influenced him to become a better person. And it makes sense. A quote, "A hero must die in order to be reborn" applies here. He went to jail for murder he didn't do but vibe is also very musterious and it really makes you wonder. Did he do it? Hmm. Hard to say. But it does make sense why would someone frame him.
Those Armani suites on protagonist - Richard Gere was perfect in my opinion. I don't think anyone else could play this role. Just f awesome.
I have had a man crush on Gere for a long time now. Hands down he is the most charming actor of his generation. Is there anyone who looks better in a suit than him. This movie on the other hand was a mixed bag. Technically it's faultless via it's score and blue hues. But the love story and murder plot fizzles out after a point.
What a rushed and contrived way to end such a boring movie.
Can't hate the Gere tho, he always has a comfy presence.
Complete list. :-(
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