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American Gigolo

Directed by

Paul Schrader
1980
117 mins

With Blondie blasting from the stereo of his convertible Mercedes, sex symbol Richard Gere leads as the narcissistic male escort in Paul Schrader’s cold neo-noir American Gigolo.

 

Through his high-end female clientele, Julian’s (Gere) illicit profession affords him a luxurious and materialistic lifestyle among the Los Angeles elite but at the cost of any legitimate human intimacy.

 

American Gigolo is a film of peak 80’s aesthetic, from the Armani suits to the synthy score by Giorgio Moroder, and its stylized melodramatic narrative as Julian’s calculated existence begins to unravel when hardboiled Detective Sunday makes him the prime suspect in his murder investigation.