12 wins & 17 nominations.
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"Transcendental Style in Film: Ozu, Bresson, Dreyer". Berkeley: University of California Press. ISBN 0306803356
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If you write interesting roles, you get interesting people to play them. If you write roles that are full of nuance and contradiction and have interesting dialog, actors are drawn to that... You have to have a role where an actor says, "Okay, I'm not going to get as much money as I want, I'm going to have to work on a shorter shooting schedule than I'd like, but the role's really interesting, so ...
Based his screenplay for Taxi Driver
(1976) on his own experiences of living in Los Angeles, away from his familiar surroundings, feeling completely isolated and struggling with severe depression and contemplating suicide.
Usually writes and directs stories about men who fall into desperation as their world crumbles around them.