17 & 20 August 2011
The Australian Cinémathèque presents the new digitally restored 35mm print of Taxi Driver 1976. This restoration celebrates the 35th anniversary of Martin Scorsese’s cult tale of modern alienation.
Wed 17 Aug 8.00pm and Sat 20 Aug 6.00pm / Cinema A
35MM, COLOUR, DOLBY SR, 114 MINUTES, USA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR: MARTIN SCORSESE / PRODUCERS: JULIA PHILLIPS, MICHAEL PHILLIPS / SCRIPT: PAUL SCHRADER / CINEMATOGRAPHER: MICHAEL CHAPMAN / EDITORS: TOM ROLF, MELVIN SHAPIRO / MUSIC: BERNARD HERRMAN / CAST: ROBERT DE NIRO, JODIE FOSTER / PRODUCTION COMPANY: COLUMBIA PICTURES, BILL/PHILLIPS, ITALO/JUDEO PRODUCTIONS / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: PARK CIRCUS
Based on an original screenplay by Paul Schrader, Taxi Driver is a dark rumination centering on one man, driven to violence by loneliness and desperation. Starring Robert De Niro and Jodie Foster, the film was nominated for four Academy Awards (including Best Picture) in 1977, and was the winner of Cannes International Film Festival’s Golden Palm Award 1976. The iconic imagery — De Niro with the gun and the mirror, Foster as a child prostitute in hot pants, and the yellow cab, gliding through the streets of New York to Bernard Herrmann’s pulsating score — has now been brought back to its former glory, thanks to an extensive, full 4K digital restoration under the supervision of Grover Crisp of Sony Pictures.