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Film Fest 2011 - Taxi Driver


Taxi Driver
USA 1976
Director: Martin Scorsese
Producers: Julia Phillips, Michael Phillips
Screenplay: Paul Schrader
Photography: Michael Chapman
Editors: Tom Rolf, Melvin Shapiro
Art director: Charles Rosen
Set decorator: Herbert Mulligan
Costume designer: Ruth Morley
Music: Bernard Herrmann

With: Robert De Niro (Travis Bickle), Cybill Shepherd (Betsy), Jodie Foster (Iris), Harvey Keitel (Sport), Peter Boyle (Wizard), Leonard Harris (Charles Palantine), Albert Brooks (Tom), Martin Scorsese (passenger), Steven Prince (Andy)

Festivals: Berlin 2011

114 minutes
Censors rating tbc

Martin Scorsese's great seething vision of 70s New York mesmerises anew in a blazing 35th-anniversary 35mm restoration. The synthesis of talents was extraordinary: Paul Schrader's script surveys Manhattan through the eyes of an insomniac, sleaze-obsessed Vietnam vet and delineates his crackup with wily expertise. Bernard Herrmann's score wails to wake the city's dead. Scorsese pours a century of cinema into his vision of urban inferno - and Robert De Niro's Travis Bickle forever cruises the avenues of our imaginations, a psychopath as tender, lonely and deranged as Psycho's Norman Bates, but so much more real. - BG
"What can be newly said about this savage, many-headed dragon of the American new wave? You either love it or you love it& Bickle remains an authentic everyman, a walking dumb-as-shit smashup of conservative responses, but also a disenfranchised victim of the corporate-imperial combine, an ex-soldier used to meaningless death, lost in the streets of his own empty freedom. There may not be a more essentially American figure haunting the national cinema." - Michael Atkinson, Village Voice
"Taxi Driver still stuns! &Hysterical yet sublime, the movie crystallizes one of the worst moments in New York's history - the city as America's pariah, a crime-ridden, fiscally profligate, graffiti-festooned moral cesspool... In other aspects, the world of Taxi Driver is recognizably ours. Libidinal politics, celebrity worship, sexual exploitation, the fetishization of guns and violence, racial stereotyping, the fear of foreigners - not to mention the promise of apocalyptic religion - all remain. Taxi Driver lives. See it again. And try to have a nice day." - J. Hoberman, Village Voice

"What a mad and brilliant film it is: 1,000-degree proof 70s cinema." - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian