1976. USA. Martin Scorsese. 113 min.
Thursday, July 3, 2008, 8:15 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
1976. USA. Directed by Martin Scorsese. Screenplay by Paul Schrader. Music by Bernard Herrmann. With Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel, Jodie Foster, Cybill Shepherd. A Vietnam vet working the graveyard taxi shift seeks vengeance on the pimps, pushers, and other wretched refuse of Manhattan's mean streets. Scorsese's masterwork is not only a Dostoyevskian vision of the nightmarish lower depths but also an allegory of redemption and the possibility of grace. Herrmann—the great composer known for his collaborations with Alfred Hitchcock, Orson Welles, and François Truffaut—died only hours after recording the music for Taxi Driver. Though Herrmann would never have considered himself a writer of jazz scores, his unforgettable use of tympani, cymbal, and saxophone has since become synonymous with New York in the Dark Ages of the 1970s. Preserved by The Museum of Modern Art and Sony Pictures Entertainment. 113 min.