Capital Celluloid 2021 — Day 68: Fri Jul 23

Taxi Driver (Scorsese, 1976): Prince Charles Cinema, 6pm

This film (screened on 35mm) is on an extended run at the Prince Charles Cinema. You can find the full details here.

Chicago Reader review:
Martin Scorsese put all the city dweller's irrational, guilty fears into this 1976 story of a New York taxi driver (Robert De Niro) on a one-man rampage against the "scum"—pimps, whores, muggers, junkies, and politicians. Scorsese's style is a delirious, full-color successor to expressionism, in which the cityscape becomes the twisted projection of the protagonist's mind. Paul Schrader's screenplay, with its buried themes of sin and redemption, borrows heavily from Robert Bresson's Pickpocket, yet the purloined material is transformed in startling, disturbing ways. It would be hard to imagine an American film more squarely in the European “art” tradition than this, yet it was misunderstood enough to become a significant popular success—a thinking man's Death Wish.
Dave Kehr

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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