Friday, September 5, 2008

Taxi Driver (1976)

(spoilers ahead)

Early on in the film Travis Bickle’s (Robert De Niro) cab passes a movie theatre playing “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” foreshadowing the end of the film. The violent world Travis inhabits is emphasized throughout . We hear shouting and fighting constantly in his apartment building. As he drives , we see a man on the street screaming “ I’ll kill her” . Later, one of Travis’
passengers ( Martin Scorsese) shares explicit details of his plan to shoot his adulterous wife. In this world the only fate possible for Travis is a violent one.

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