Taxi Driver*

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Taxi Driver*

  • 1976 ----- color ----- 113 min ----- laserdisc
  • (Directed by Martin Scorsese; with Robert De Niro, Cybill Shepherd, Jodie Foster, Peter Boyle, Harvey Keitel) This riveting film is at once a thriller, a psychological case study, an exploration of the eroticism of violence, a political commentary and a horror melodrama of seamy New York. It was also a turning point in the careers of all its principal creators: the director, Martin Scorsese; the screenwriter, Paul Schrader; the star, Robert De Niro; and, then, very young featured actress, Jodie Foster. Though critics remain divided over the ultimate merits of the film, it is an undeniably brilliant, nightmarish portrait of one man's personal hell--a fevered, paranoid take on the perils of contemporary urban life. [R-rated] [Letterboxed] (Funded by the Department of Comparative Literature) (Restricted to use on University of Washington campuses only)
  • Topics: (Community Life, Mental Illness, Motion Pictures: Features, Psychiatry, Psychology: Social, United States)