Taxi Driver. 1976. USA. Directed by Martin Scorsese. 113 min.
Screenplay by Paul Schrader. Music by Bernard Herrmann. With Robert De Niro, Cybill Shepherd, Harvey Keitel, Peter Boyle, Jodie Foster. Taxi Driver’s opening credit sequence, which is being shown in the galleries as part of Scorsese Collects, features a remarkable play of forms that resonates with the posters on view. Dan Perri’s title design has the actors’ names pulse on and off the screen like the glow of a cabbie’s light, and a Manhattan streetscape has been slowed down and abstracted into brilliant smears of trailing neon. De Niro found one of his most iconic roles as the eponymous antihero Travis Bickle in this powerful study of urban alienation in “Drop Dead”–era New York.