ART Corporation is releasing Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver in Belarus, a fierce and uncompromising drama starring Robert De Niro, thus marking its 45th birthday. On display will be a
ART Corporation is releasing Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver in Belarus, a fierce and uncompromising drama starring Robert De Niro, thus marking its 45th birthday. On display will be a 4K restoration of the film, carried out in 2011 under the director’s supervision. All sessions will be held in English with Russian subtitles.
Taxi Driver is one of the key films in New Hollywood and a landmark project for Scorsese and De Niro. This is the story of America’s moral decline after the Vietnam War, alienation, violence and PTSD sweeping society and reflected in the frenzy of antihero veteran taxi driver Travis Bickle. The emptiness of Bickle’s existence and his psychological breakdown are underlined by the measured rhythm of the narrative, the expressive camera of Michael Chapman and the melancholic soundtrack of the legendary Bernard Herrmann. The script plot by Paul Schroeder goes back to the traditions of the classic Western “The Searchers”: in the center is again a lone avenger, but already thirsty not just for justice, but at least some goal in life and human contact. In 1976, Taxi Driver was awarded the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and since then has firmly entered the canon of world cinema, striking in its depth, ambivalence and relevance.
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).