Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 11:59 PM. Tickets: $10
1976, Columbia. 114 min.
Scr. Paul Schrader
Dir. Martin Scorsese
It’s likely this is the film for which its writer and director will be most remembered. Both artists were deeply influenced by classic noir, resulting in this volatile updating of the genre’s essential themes. Robert De Niro gives a legendary performance as Travis Bickle, a lost and lonely Vietnam vet who tries to be a saint in the city—but inexorably spirals downward into a vortex of madness and retribution. Propelled by the final score of legendary composer Bernard Herrmann, Taxi Driver is a terrifying time capsule of 1970s New York—and a timeless depiction of America’s deadly embrace of firearms and cowboy culture.