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"Taxi Driver" (1976)

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Young DeNiro is fascinating but I found this Scorcesse film left me a bit cold- yes the editing, music and cinematography are first rate- but the scripts over done sleaze factor borders on the comic.

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Couldn't disagree more. The "overdone sleaze factor" is there because that is the world Travis Bickle is descending into.

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Travis lives in sleazeville from the moment the movie starts-I mean considering all the movies in NYC at that time he could have gone to see somehting besides porn.

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SPOILER ALERT (don't read if you haven't seen Taxi Driver yet)

 

Joe, I think Cybil Sheppard would agree with you (ha ha). Seriously, I think him taking her to a porn movie is showing you where Travis' head is at. Plus it's hard for modern audiences to grasp the sensibility of the 70's. It was "chic" for couples to go see X-rated movies at that time. Plus it was a plot device in that she had to dump Travis & this is how they achieved it.

I don't know, I just think this is a great movie myself. It's almost a psychological study showing how somebody relatively normal is willing to commit mass murders by the end of it. If you wanna know how somebody is capable of committing horrendous & terrible acts of violence, this movie helps you see how they get there.

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*Taxi Driver* is a great movie, I love it. All the performances are spot on, I agree, Harvey Keitel really stands out - I love his continuous-motion restless pimp schtick.

 

And how many Scorsese fans have had fun ( and probably bored their friends) with doing imitations of De Niro practicing his tough guy persona in the mirror - "You talking to me? Are you talking to me ?" ?

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You guys make me sick. One of these days a real rain's gonna come & wash away the filth off these message boards! :)

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I've always thought of the ending as Travis's dying fantasy.

 

It seems unrealistic that he wouldn't be in trouble with the police for walking into a place and blazing away at everyone, whether they're criminals or not.

 

The final scene with the girl in his cab also seems a little too contrived to be true.

 

 

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I like to practice my tough guy persona in front of strangers on the street, rather than in front of the mirror. I have to be vigilant for flying punches.

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Yes, the back and forth on the stoop between De Niro and Keitel was

hilarious, in a certain weird way.

 

Before the porno movie date, he did buy her a Kris Kristofferson

album. Definitely a nutcase. X-(

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I for one am not overly impressed with Harvy Keitels performance. I thought he was great in Mean Streets. For me the best performance - besides DeNiro would be Sybil Sheperd. Her eyes seem to see right through Travis from the start. Taxi Driver is one of those movies I think I've gotton out of it all I can, yet when I watch it over again it just floors me. New York looks like Gotham City and the mood is just relentlessly bleak. One of a kind for shure - beautiful movie.

 

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I also think Sybil Sheperd did a fine job in Taxi Driver. She is a very natural performer.

 

Of course I just saw The Last Picture Show. I forgot just how beautiful she was in that film (of course I find women look more sexy in black and white). For course it often helps when the director is in love with the actress during the making of a movie. But Sybil was right up there with Liz from A Place in the Sun and Ava in The Killers.

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Ah, that's the problem with abstract contemplation and analysis. You had to be there son. There was a world before Taxi Driver, and then the world after. The Bernard Hermann score still gives me spine shivers every time I hear it, and I get a painful longing for a New York that doesn't exist anymore, like the throbbing of a phantom limb. Of course there are always those "what's with all this fuss about Citizen Kane" types.

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I believe Taxi Driver is what inspired Hinkley to take a pop at Reagan. Hinkley & Travis both had a thing for Jodi Foster, it would seem.

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