"Taxi Driver" Essay by The Research Group

"Taxi Driver"
A presentation of the idea that writer Paul Schrader and director Martin Scorsese created an overtly feminist political film. The film examines such issues as urban life, violence, power, politics, and the media as refletions of a male-dominated culture.
# 19176 | 1,350 words | 2 sources | 1992 | US
Published on Mar 04, 2003 in Film (Analysis, Criticism, Etc.)


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""Taxi Driver"
Screenwriter Paul Schrader and director Martin Scorsese made an overtly political film in Taxi Driver (1976), a film that raises questions about contemporary urban life, sexual relationships and power, political action and hypocrisy, violence, and the response of the media to urban violence and the excessive value placed on image over reality. By the end of the film, image has become paramount, and the media is presented as a reflection of the male-dominated culture.
Scorsese has claimed that Taxi Driver is a feminist film, noting that "this picture just takes the idea of macho and takes it to its logical insane conclusion, graphically..."

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