Current & Upcoming Films
May 7 – 9
New 35mm print courtesy of Sony Pictures!
“The idea had been growing in my brain for some time: TRUE force. All the king's men cannot put it back together again.” Taxi Driver is all things to all people: the apex of 70s American cinema, the end of film noir, a portrait of a city that doesn’t exist anymore, an irresponsible exploitation picture, an anthropological study of a wounded and wheezing post-Vietnam/post-Watergate society devouring its young. Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro and Paul Schrader (not to mention Bernard Hermann, or the entire supporting cast) pooled their considerable talents to produce one of the finest motion pictures of all time.
An insomniac cabbie drives around New York City. He falls in love with a woman working on the campaign of an idealistic Senator. When his awkward stabs at normal social interaction backfire, he turns his attention to saving a young girl from her life of prostitution.
This new print of Taxi Driver is the result of years of work on the part of Sony Pictures. With the cooperation of Martin Scorsese and cinematographer Michael Chapman, the original negatives were meticulously cleaned and transferred without digitally altering a single frame. The final confrontation maintains the de-colorization mandated by the MPAA upon the film’s original release, which Scorsese still claims to find more shocking. Dir: Martin Scorsese. Starring Robert De Niro, Cybill Shepherd, Jodi Foster, Harvey Keitel and Albert Brooks. 35mm, USA, 1976, 113 mins.
“YOU HAVEN'T TRULY SEEN MARTIN SCORSESE'S NYC NIGHTMARE UNTIL YOU SETTLE IN FOR THIS JAW-DROPPING RESTORATION!"
– Time Out New York
"TAXI DRIVER STILL STUNS! Hysterical yet sublime, the movie crystallizes one of the worst moments in New York’s history—the city as America’s pariah, a crime-ridden, fiscally profligate, graffiti-festooned moral cesspool... No nostalgia, though: In other aspects, the world of Taxi Driver is recognizably ours. Libidinal politics, celebrity worship, sexual exploitation, the fetishization of guns and violence, racial stereotyping, the fear of foreigners—not to mention the promise of apocalyptic religion—all remain. Taxi Driver lives. See it again. And try to have a nice day."
– J. Hoberman, Village Voice
“ONE OF THE BEST AND MOST POWERFUL OF ALL FILMS!”
– Roger Ebert