|JOHNNY CHAZZ & JER checking out TAXI DRIVER!|
|Robert DeNiro as Travis Bickle|
Like so many other films during the time (and foreign films alike), there was a centralized theme that made the movie, in itself, so addicting. These include: Feelings of loneliness in the big city; paranoia (examine Antonioni’s “Blow Up”, Kubrick’s “2001 Space Odyssey” or even Coppola’s “The Conversation” for similar themes); and themes focusing on anger and resentment towards both individuals and the wretched and unforgiving society as a whole.
|Writer Paul Schrader|
|Jodie Foster as Iris|
I want to say I was about 13 years old when I first saw TAXI DRIVER on a VHS videocassette... as for most people that age, the impact made was caused mostly from the explicitness of the film, with not much attention placed on the true plot, due to my age and not being able to digest the film for everything it had to offer within its primary impact. What I remembered most, at that age, were the violent moments, the foul language and the intensity of DeNiro’s role as Travis Bickle. Those were the things I recalled the most. Fortunately, over the years, I have been able to create a much larger appreciation for the film, the craftsmanship of director Martin Scorsese, the impacting score by Bernard Herrmann and the cinematography by Academy Award nominated Michael Chapman (RAGING BULL, GHOSTBUSTERS II).