Taxi Driver 1976 R18+
8.30PM Fri 6 Dec 2019 (1hr 53mins)
GOMA | Cinema A | Ticketed
Taxi Driver will screen from a 4K digital restoration.
The quintessential screen portrait of urban isolation, Taxi Driver remains one of the most potent achievements in American cinema in the 20th century. Winner of the Palme d’Or and progenitor of countless imitators, it is a lurid and shocking study of a man on the fringes of society; a man beset by delusions, psychosexual fixations and violent compulsions, both worn down by and complicit in the ugliness he sees around him.
Written by Paul Schrader in less than two weeks during a period of insomniac wanderings through a New York engulfed by high crime and financial ruin, the script was brought to the screen by the ascendant Martin Scorsese, fresh off the Academy Award winning success of Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore 1974. Reteaming with Robert De Niro and Harvey Keitel after their work together on Mean Streets 1973, Scorsese expanded his cast with a 13-year-old Jodie Foster, Cybill Shepherd, Albert Brooks and Peter Boyle. Legendary composer Bernard Herrmann provided his final film soundtrack with a dreamy, jazz-inspired score that seems to drift through the grimy night streets of the city.
De Niro plays Travis Bickle, a paranoiac Vietnam veteran and the titular taxi driver. Bickle finds his life spiralling out of control as he becomes romantically interested in Shepherd’s Betsy, a campaign worker for an aspiring Presidential candidate, while he also tries to “rescue” Foster’s Iris from her work as a child prostitute in the thrall of Keitel’s pimp Sport.
Taxi Driver is a monumental realisation of one of the most influential screenplays of the last 50 years. It is a film that continues to simmer with latent rage; a mesmerising and staggering journey into the mind of its disturbed protagonist.
35MM, COLOUR, STEREO, 113 MINUTES, UNITED STATES, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR: MARTIN SCORSESE / SCRIPT: PAUL SCHRADER / CINEMATOGRAPHER: MICHAEL CHAPMAN / EDITORS: TOM ROLF, MELVIN SHAPIRO / PROD CO: COLUMBIA PICTURES / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: PARK CIRCUS / SCREENING FORMAT: 4K DCP