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From Paul Schrader, the acclaimed director of “Affliction,” “The Comfort of Strangers,” “American Gigolo,” “Blue Collar” and “Cat People,” and the screenwriter of “Taxi Driver,” “Raging Bull” and “The Last Temptation of Christ,” comes “Auto Focus,” an absorbing glimpse into the colorful life, and mysterious death, of actor Bob Crane. Handsome and charming, Crane became well known as the star of television’s hit comedy "Hogan's Heroes" (1965-1971). Capitalizing on his fame, Crane dove into the freewheeling spirit of the times with relish, having affairs with numerous women. (“Auto Focus” is a fascinating chronicle of American male sexual identity in the sixties and seventies.) Eventually, Crane teamed up with video technician John Carpenter to document his exploits, an association that may very well have led to his murder in a Scottsdale, Arizona motel room in 1978. Written by Michael Gerbosi, adapted from Robert Graysmith's book The Murder of Bob Crane, and starring Greg Kinnear, Willem Dafoe, Maria Bello, and Rita Wilson, “Auto Focus” explores the heights and depths of Crane's unique life with intensity, style and wit.

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