Wednesday, 18 June 2008
Taxi Driver 
When I say Taxi Driver is the best movie of Martin Scorsese, that is something, considering the fascinating body of work that Scorsese – who, along with Coppola, was the greatest American film maker of his generation and one of the greatest ever – possesses. The story of a war veteran, who is trapped in his soulless existence, is as contemporary as it is primitive. The claustrophobic point-of-view of the insomniac taxi driver, who literally drives through the filth and decadence of society, takes us directly into the mind of this severely alienated person and his unbridled rage, who feels it is his sole responsibility to cleanse New York – which is almost as important a character in this movie as the protagonist, and in that parlance, the world, of its garbage and scum – hypocrisy, lies, double standards et al. Robert de Nero, as the cabbie cum violent social vigilante cum anarchist, delivers a characteristic bravura performance by bringing to life Tavis Bickle – one of the most complex characters in celluloid history, while Scorsese shows with his silent scream bursting though seams that there are directorial dynamism and masterworks that only a genius like him can accomplish with such facile ease, in this defining movie of American and world cinema history.
Director: Martin Scorcese
Genre: Drama/Urban Drama/Psychological Drama