Taxi Driver

A few days ago I watched Martin Scorsese’s movie Taxi Driver once again. Watched this movie first back in 1976 and was impressed about Robert De Niro playing Travis Bickle, an honorably discharged U.S. Marine, living as a lonely and depressive man in Manhattan, NY who becomes a taxi driver in order to cope with chronic insomnia, driving passengers every night around the boroughs of New York City. It was also a story about helping a 12-year-old prostitute to get rid of her pimp and sending her back to her parents and also about a little love affair to a volunteer for one who is running to be the next president. There a two remarkable scenes in this movie.

First is when he buys  an album for his volunteer after she describes him, quoting a phrase form ‘The Pilgrim, Chapter 33’ by Kris Kristofferson: ‘He’s a prophet, he’s a pusher, partly truth and partly fiction, a walking contradiction’.

Second is the dialog when he trains his body looking into the mirror speaking: ‘Yeah. Huh? Huh? Huh? You fucking son of a bitch. I saw you comin’, fuck you. I’m standing here- You make the move. It’s your move. Don’t try it, you fuck. You talkin’ to me? You talkin’ to me? Well, I’m the only one here. Who the fuck do you think you’re talking to? Listen you fuckers, you screwheads. Here’s a man who would not take it anymore. A man who stood up against the scum, the cunts, the dogs, the filts, the shit. Here is … You’re dead’.

I think they don’t make movies like this any more.

Kris Kristofferson – The Pilgrim, Chapter 33


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