TAXI DRIVER is one of the most iconic films ever made, and on every front: it’s got an iconic script by Paul Schrader, an iconic score by Bernard Hermann, a pair of iconic performances from Robert DeNiro and Jodie Foster, iconic cinematography by Michael Chapman, and iconic direction from the one and only Martin Scorsese. It is a landmark of modern cinema, the origin point of the anti-hero in mainstream movies, and has spawned countless imitators and aficionados in the wide world of film.
Released 40 years ago, TAXI DRIVER remains as edgy and subversive as it was at its premiere, and if anything it has become somewhat prophetic in predicting a generation of Americans disaffected by the political system, isolated from opportunity, and brimming with violence. It is a eulogy for one era and the birth announcement of another, and in the muddled and murky overlap it becomes a film of great power, sorrow, and significance.
We’ve celebrated TAXI DRIVER many times over here at One Perfect Shot, but you can never tout the qualities of this picture too often, and anyway, film celebration is what we’re all about, so in that spirit enjoy this TAXI DRIVER gif gallery that brings to life some of the film’s greatest shots. And by all means, if it’s been a year or more since you revisited this American classic, remedy that as soon as possible; somehow in our current political era it feels more relevant than ever.