‘Taxi Driver’ turns 40

Scorsese, De Niro, Foster to reunite for anniversary

News Desk March 20, 2016
Taxi Driver is regularly cited as one of the greatest films of all time. PHOTO: FILE

Taxi Driver will celebrate its 40th anniversary at the upcoming Tribeca Film Festival with a special screening, reported The Guardian. Director Martin Scorsese, writer Paul Schrader, as well as stars Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster and Cybill Shepherd are set to attend the event on April 21 and take part in an on-stage conversation following the film.

Released in 1976, Taxi Driver — best known as the film in which De Niro utters the immortal “You talkin’ to me?” line — received four Academy Awards nominations, including best picture and best actor, and won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. It’s since been dubbed by Time magazine as one of the 100 best films of all time.

Taxi Driver is one of the most brilliantly disturbing movies ever made, and why I chose to go into film. It’s had an indelible impact on pop culture, and its performances rank among the most memorable in cinema,” said Jane Rosenthal Tribeca co-founder, in a statement.

De Niro, also a co-founder of the festival, meanwhile said it is a “great honour” to revisit the film at his event. “I’m very proud to have worked on this film with Marty, Jodie, Harvey, Cybill, Paul, Michael and Julia as well as the extraordinary cast and crew. I remain equally proud today.”

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Taxi Driver marks Scorsese’s third film to get the anniversary treatment from Tribeca, following King of Comedy in 2013 and Goodfellas last year. The 15th edition of the festival will take place from April 13 to April 24 in New York City.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 21st,  2016.

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