Taxi Driver [DVD]
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Groundbreaking drama of urban alienation from director Martin Scorsese and writer Paul Schrader. Vietnam veteran Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro) works as a New York City taxi driver, and is consumed with disgust by the 'filth' which surrounds him. His explosive, psychotic loathing eventually drives him to make an attempt on the life of a politician, and when it fails he turns his attention to saving a prostitute (Jodie Foster) from the clutches of her pimp.
Taxi Driver is the definitive cinematic portrait of loneliness and alienation manifested as violence. It is as if director Martin Scorsese and screenwriter Paul Schrader had tapped into precisely the same source of psychological inspiration ("I just knew I had to make this film," Scorsese would later say), combined with a perfectly timed post-Watergate expression of personal, political, and societal anxiety. Robert De Niro, as the tortured, ex-Marine cab driver Travis Bickle, made movie history with his chilling performance as one of the most memorably intense and vividly realized characters ever committed to film. Bickle is a self-appointed vigilante who views his urban beat as an intolerable cesspool of blighted humanity. He plays guardian angel for a young prostitute (Jodie Foster), but not without violently devastating consequences. This masterpiece, which is not for all tastes, is sure to horrify some viewers, but few could deny the film's lasting power and importance. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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Two other scenes are masterful in their contribution to the build-up in Bickle. He talks to a fellow taxi driver called Wiz and confides that he is about to lose control, in so many words, but the other man, well-meaning, doesn't have much to offer beyond a generalised sense of encouragement not to lose heart, and then adds that he's no Bertrand Russell. This discussion, along with the others between the cabbies is one of the film's most authentic moments, pushing towards Cassavetes territory in its profound empathy with its characters. Significantly, the cabbies seem to spend a lot more time together than Bickle spends with them. The other scene is where he shoots a man robbing a grocery store at gunpoint. This is a typically ambiguous situation, of course, as the storekeeper was in grave danger, but it unleashes the violent propensity in Bickle, who later comes close to assassinating a presidential candidate. Had he done this he would have been a criminal, but as it turns out, he is sort of turned into a social hero for cleaning up the streets. Even this is ambiguous, as is the strangely unreal epilogue. Central to the good essence that may be found lurking in his heart is his concern for Iris, the 12-year-old prostitute. His contact with her is masterly, without a doubt, getting some real humanity into the frame, if percolated through confusion. The look of the film is fairly extraordinary, as is the music - worthy of an essay in its own right. Robert De Niro excels, and Jodie Foster is also quite brilliant. I don't like the way it lurches into explicit violence or has a certain 'cool' cachet, but otherwise this remains as vivid and challenging as on the day of its release.
A mentally unstable Vietnam war veteran Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro) who suffers from insomnia works as a night time taxi driver in New York and during the day watches porn in the seedy cinemas. When he is not involved in these activities he thinks about the world and how New York in particular has deteriorated into a cesspit. He gets involved with a beautiful presidential campaigner Betsy (Cybill Shepherd) but the romance soon fizzles out. He then gets involved with a 12 year old runaway prostitute Iris (Jodie Foster) who he has seen many times walking the streets of New York. His main aim is to save her from her pimp and pay for her to return home to her parents and continue her education.
The 'optimised for 4K televisions' tag is a little misleading for those who don't know much about the latest TV technology: this Blu-Ray is still a 1080p picture, but it has been downscaled from a 4K scan of the original 35mm film reel. Play it on a 4K Blu-Ray player and it will simply upscale the 'Full HD' picture for you 'Ultra HD' screen. It will look superb regardless.
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