Taxi Driver (1976)
USA / Swedish
"On every street in every city, there's a nobody who dreams of being a somebody. "A mentally unstable Vietnam war veteran works as nighttime taxi driver in a city whose perceived decadence and sleaze feeds his urge to violently lash out.
God's lonely men make a great film
The strength of Taxi Driver is that it proves film is a collaborative art.
Undoubtly the films power lies in its unwavering first person narrative; De
Niro appears in virtually every scene as God's lonely man Travis Bickle, a
character craving human contact yet so crippled by paranoia and mental
illness that this modest goal is seemingly unattainable. Scorsese films New
York like its hell on earth - and we come to realise it is Travis' twisted
world view that we are party to. Paul Schrader's script keeps the tension at
an almost unbearable simmer, violence threatens to erupt at any moment
making the experience a deeply distressing one for the casual viewer.
However, this film would be unimaginable without Bernard Hermann's haunting
score made doubly poignant because it was his last. And I could go on about
contributions made by other members of the Taxi Driver team.....but I hope
my point has been taken that it is the synergy of deeply creative people at
the height of their powers that makes Taxi Driver such a unique and
rewarding experience. They have all made excellent work since this
production but will never better this their finest moment.