Erotic 80’s: American Gigolo (1980)

He's the highest paid lover in Beverly Hills. He leaves women feeling more alive than they've ever felt before. Except one.


Paul Schrader

Inspired and informed by the “Erotic 80s” season of film critic and historian Karina Longworth’s acclaimed podcast “You Must Remember This”, Sidewalk Cinema’s Erotic 80s film series highlights 10 influential and emblematic erotic thrillers featured in the series. Over the course of 12 podcast episodes Longworth investigates the cultural, social and political impact of the erotic thriller genre throughout the decade and beyond. The “Erotic 80s” film series presents the opportunity to catch zeitgeisty erotic thrillers on the big screen. The series can be viewed on its own, but is also intended as a companion to the award-winning podcast series, listen here: https://www.youmustrememberthispodcast.com/

Film Synopsis: 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 Julian begins to suspect he’s being framed.


Credits

Director(s):

Paul Schrader

Producer(s):

Jerry Bruckheimer

Writer(s):

Paul Schrader

Cast:

Richard Gere, Lauren Hutton, Hector Elizondo, Nina van Pallandt, Bill Duke, Brian Davies

Composer(s):

Giorgio Moroder