There are films that need no introduction, and “Taxi Driver”, the work that established Martin Scorsese as one of the main filmmakers of the century, is one of them.
“Taxi Driver” came to HBO Max as part of its September premieresjoining the platform’s catalog with other films such as “The fableman” and “Eternal sunshine of a mind without memories”, to the great joy of classic film lovers.
If you haven’t seen “Taxi Driver” yet, This weekend is a great opportunity to immerse yourself in this story that will involve you from the beginning. Here at TVyNovelas, we tell you three reasons to enjoy this classicbeyond the excellent performance of Robert DeNiro.
THREE REASONS TO WATCH “TAXI DRIVER”, IN ADDITION TO ROBERT DENIRO
- MARTIN SCORSESE LEAVES TWICE! IN THE FILM
In “Taxi Driver”, you can briefly see Martin Scorsese not once, but twice in the film; In fact, due to the absence of a actorthe director must have exchanged a few words with “Travis Bickle”, while the taxi driver listens to him, disturbed by what he hears.
Scorsese’s first appearance is very brief, but if you pay attention, you can easily identify him later: It is about the man with a beard who looks closely at the beautiful “Betsy” while she goes to work as a volunteer for Senator Charles Palantine’s presidential campaign.
Scorsese’s second appearance is longer; As we told you before, an actor was not available and the director himself had to put himself in the shoes of a jealous husband who hires the services of “Travis” to go kill his unfaithful wife. While she waits, she tells the taxi driver about his macabre plans while he listens almost without responding.
- A LUXURIOUS SOUNDTRACK
The hypnotic jazz composition heard in “Taxi Driver” is the work of Bernard Herrmann, one of the best composers in the world of cinema, recognized for having worked on “Citizen Kane” with Orson Welles and having composed the renowned score for “ Psycho”, Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece.
At first, Bernard Herrmann refused to collaborate with Scorsese for “Taxi Driver”, claiming that he did not “make taxi movies”; however, after reading a brief fragment of the script, he recorded the music in just two days. This was his last work, since he died hours after the recordings.
- JODIE FOSTER’S CHANCE
Jodie Fosterwho years later would win the Oscar for his tremendous role in “The Silence of the Lambs,” He was only 12 years old when he was presented with the opportunity of a lifetime.… Of course play a prostitute It was also going to be a great challenge, but his mother discovered that the role had potential and gave her permission for him to perform it, although of course, with special care.
To put yourself in the shoes of the prostitute “Iris”, Jodie Foster She had to work accompanied by a social worker and a therapist, given the tremendous emotional burden and violence that this role represented for a 12-year-old girl; Fortunately, she passed the test successfully.