Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver

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Martin Scorsese is an American film maker best known for his works such as The Wolf of Wall Street, Goodfellas, and The Raging Bull, as well as many more (IMDb.com). One of Scorsese’s notable works is his film titled Taxi Driver. The film features Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, and Cybill Shepard. Scorsese illustrates the life of an ex-marine with what would appear to be insomnia; however, it is not explicitly stated in the film. The ex-marine, Travis Bickle, becomes a taxi driver. While working long hours, Travis encounters the people he calls the “scum” of the streets. He becomes intolerant of the “scum” and eventually takes drastic measures to take on the people men that were taking advantage of a young girl, Iris. This film’s characterization, setting and theme all are notable elements that make Taxi Driver one of the top 100 films of all time. To begin, the film was released on February 8th, 1975. Since the film was released early on in the year 1976, it would be safe to assume that the film’s major influences came from the preceding year. The Vietnam War ended April 30th, 1975. Travis Bickle, being an ex-marine most likely was a veteran from the Vietnam War. His insomnia is further explained by this war. It is one of the most traumatic wars because of the conditions the troops were living under. Throughout the film,…show more content…
Martin Scorsese, while telling an interesting story, can teach many different lessons. Scorsese used cinematic elements, as well as an excellent casting selection, to portray a story of a lonely man trying to do what he thinks is right. Travis Bickle is a character that can portray many emotions and that is a definition of a complex and brilliantly created character. Overall, the film was smooth to watch, the transitions were great, and the storyline was nearly perfect. “Thank God for the rain which has helped wash away the garbage and trash off the
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