As director Martin Scorsese preps his 24th feature film “Silence” for official release, it’s natural to look back at the many films he’s made over the past fifty years — “Raging Bull,” “The King of Comedy,” “Goodfellas,” etc. But one film of his in particular looms large in the culture: “Taxi Driver,” Scorsese’ 1976 vigilante film starring Robert De Niro as a disturbed Vietnam vet who works as a night-time taxi driver in New York City. As he slowly loses his grip on reality, he attempts to save a young prostitute (Jodie Foster) from a life of sleaze and degradation.
“Taxi Driver” was nominated for four Oscars, drew controversy for its graphic violence and inspired an enduring catchphrase. In honor of its 40th anniversary, the film was screened at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year. Afterwards, the festival hosted a lengthy Q&A with Scorsese, De Niro, Foster, Cybill Shepherd, screenwriter Paul Schrader and producer Michael Phillips that was moderated by Kent Jones. Watch a clip from the Q&A below with De Niro and Foster discussing the bloody final scene.
The “Taxi Driver” 40th anniversary Blu-ray will be released tomorrow, November 8, from Sony Pictures. The entire Q&A will be included in the release.