Previously at the ICA - Films

Taxi Driver

28 Apr 201229 Apr 2012

Taxi Driver, recently revived in an immaculate new print, grips like a vice.

Nursing various resentments, probably fuelled by a fear of social and sexual failure, Travis Bickle’s (De Niro) attention turns to Iris (Foster), a 14-year-old prostitute, and he makes it his mission to save her. The film’s expressionist images eloquently mirror Bickle's sense of the impoverished, tawdry, sometimes menacing New York of the mid-70s as a hell-on-earth.

Scorsese's Palme d'Or winner remains one of the defining American movies of that decade, not only for its cinephile bravura flair but also for the way it points to the troubled urban mood of those times by locating Bickle's psychotic rage in his ill-concealed racism, misogyny and anxieties concerning all-round impotence.

Director: Martin Scorsese, USA, 1976, 114 mins
Cast: Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Cybill Shepherd, Harvey Keitel

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