Previously at the ICA - Films
12 Feb 2017 – 16 Feb 2017
Taxi Driver, recently revived for its 35th anniversary in an immaculate new print, grips like a vice. Nursing various resentments, probably fuelled by a fear of social and sexual failure, Travis Bickle's (Robert De Niro) attention turns to Iris (Jodie Foster), a 14-year-old prostitute, and he makes it his mission to save her.
The film's expressionist images eloquently mirror Bickle's sense of the impoverished, tawdry, sometimes menacing New York of the mid-70s as a hell on earth. Martin Scorsese's Palme d'Or winner remains one of the defining American movies of that decade, not only for its bravura flair, but also for the way it points to the troubled urban mood of those times by locating Bickle's psychotic rage in his ill-concealed racism, misogyny and anxieties concerning all-round impotence.
Taxi Driver, dir. Martin Scorsese, USA 1976, 114 mins.