TAXI DRIVER on 35mm – REEL FILM DAY: A Celebration of 35mm Cinema
REEL FILM DAY: A Celebration of 35mm CinemaTAXI DRIVER on 35mm
Cinephiles rejoice! OFS proudly presents a 35mm screening of Martin Scorsese’s 1976 masterpiece TAXI DRIVER in celebration of REEL FILM DAY. While the movie industry went digital several years back, the Capitol Theater is one of very few theaters left still blessed with 35mm projectors keeping this essential format alive. Support the preservation and appreciation of 35mm film!
“All the animals come out at night” – and one of them is a cabby about to snap. In Martin Scorsese’s TAXI DRIVER, insomniac ex-Marine Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro) works the nightshift, driving his cab throughout decaying mid-’70s New York City, wishing for a “real rain” to wash the “scum” off the neon-lit streets. After an encounter with a malevolent fare (played by Scorsese), the increasingly paranoid Travis begins to condition (and arm) himself for his imagined destiny, a mission that mutates from assassinating a politician, to “saving” teen hooker Iris (Jodie Foster) from her pimp, Sport (Harvey Keitel). Employing such techniques as Godardian jump cuts and ellipses, expressive camera moves and angles, and garish colors, all punctuated by Bernard Herrmann’s eerie final score, Scorsese presents a Manhattan skewed through Travis’ point-of-view. A must-see film for movie lovers, TAXI DRIVER is as hard-hitting as it is compelling.
$9 general / $6 members