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[Champaign] Taxi Driver
January 19 @ 10:00 am - February 19 @ 5:00 pm
Martin Scorsese’s powerful psycho-thriller Taxi Driver will celebrate its 40th Anniversary at the Art. Starring Robert De Niro when he was arguably the best actor in the world, in the middle of one of the richest actor/director partnerships ever. The 1976 film was nominated for four Academy Awards®, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Robert De Niro; and two Golden Globes. One of TIME Magazines ‘all-TIME 100 Movies,’ Taxi Driver was called ‘a brilliant nightmare,’ by the Chicago Sun-Times and praised by the Village Voice as ‘a phenomenon from another day and age.’
Suffering from insomnia, disturbed loner Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro) takes a job as a New York City cabbie, haunting the streets nightly, growing increasingly detached from reality as he dreams of cleaning up the filthy city. When Travis meets pretty campaign worker Betsy (Cybill Shepherd), he becomes obsessed with the idea of saving the world, first plotting to assassinate a presidential candidate, then directing his attentions toward rescuing 12-year-old prostitute Iris (Jodie Foster). Screenwriter Paul Schrader drew on the mythology of 1940s film noir thrillers for this story of Vietnam vet Travis Bickle’s increasingly psychotic disgust at the nocturnal New York street life he observes from his taxi. Brought to vivid life by director Martin Scorsese – then one of Hollywood’s hot-property new filmmakers – the film is one of the 70s’ most strikingly original works. (1976, Martin Scorsese, 112 min, R, DCP)