Young Taxi Driver(Di Nero) Travis Bickle is a night cabbie and he drives in NY streets until dawn and kills off-duty time in porno theaters. He is a character deceived by false advertising, phony movies, and tv dramaturgy, vote-hungry politicians, simplistic and pat mortality. He faced a series of rejection by Cybill Shepherd whose words for the presidential campaign of senator Lenornard arris. He suits to make his personal statement to the world and goes to assassinate the senator.
Taxi Driver is one of the renowned neo-noir psychological thriller crime drama films directed by critically acclaimed director Martin Scorsese. The movie is set in a decaying and morally bankrupt New York city following the Vietnam war.
The film was a critical and commercial success with nominations for four Academy Award The Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting actress. It also won the Palme d’Or in Cannes film festival. This film is considered to be culturally, historically or aesthetically significant by the US library of congress and was selected for preservation in the National film registry in 1994.
Though it was criticized for the portrayal of excessive violence and showing a 12 year old kid in prostitution. The film’s ending was much of debate , to which film critic Robert Ebert wrote,’There has been much discussion about the ending, in which we see newspaper clippings about Travis’s “heroism” of saving Iris, and then Betsy gets into his cab and seems to give him admiration instead of her earlier disgust. Is this a fantasy scene? Did Travis survive the shoot-out? Are we experiencing his dying thoughts? Can the sequence be accepted as literally true? … I am not sure there can be an answer to these questions. The end sequence plays like music, not drama: It completes the story on an emotional, not a literal, level. We end not on carnage but on redemption, which is the goal of so many of Scorsese’s characters