With the masterpiece of the great New York director Martin Scorsese “Taxi Driver” (Taxi Driver -1976) they continue
this Monday November 13, 2023 in the upper room of the “Olympion” cinema, at 9:30 pm our winter screenings.
Robert De Niro and Jodie Foster star and make movie history as the film is on the American Film Institute’s list of the 100 Greatest Movies of All Time, is part of the National Film Registry and of course was nominated for 4 Academy Awards, including this one for the best film of the year, while it was awarded the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.
Robert De Niro is a mentally disturbed Vietnam War veteran (Travis Bickle), who suffers from insomnia and works nights as a taxi driver to combat it.
He has his own code of right and wrong and sinks deeper and deeper into his loneliness as he sees the world around him become wild and dangerous.
Jodie Foster plays a prostitute, Iris, who is abused by her pimp and soon becomes Travis’ main fantasy as he tries at all costs to free her from her patron and help her escape from prostitution.
Jodie Foster was only 13 years old when the film was shot and before taking on the role she underwent psychological tests to prove that she would not suffer psychological trauma from her participation in the film.
For her role in the film, she received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress and De Niro for Best Actor.
“Taxizis” is a masterpiece film. He manages to put you inside the soul of the hero and protagonist. De Niro once again is amazing in his role and can make you think about “what kind of society do we want to live in”.
Also appearing: Peter Boyle, Sybil Shepherd, Harvey Keitel, Albert Brooks and Leonard Harris.
It is worth mentioning that the screenwriter of the film Paul Schrader (a constant companion of Scorsese in his prime and later an excellent director himself) drew inspiration, among other things, from his personal experiences. Suffering from chronic insomnia, and reeling under the weight of a divorce, financial destitution and a galloping depression, he took to the streets at night for months at a time, finding refuge until the first light of day in the city’s most notorious and violent shelters or simply in the car of.
The film was shot on a budget of $1.3 million and grossed over $28 million.
This Monday, November 13, 2023 at 9:30 pm in the upper room
of Kin/fu “OLYMPION”
General admission 3 euros.