Happy 90th birthday, Betty Joan Perske, a.k.a Lauren Bacall (16.09.1924) - (12.08.2014) ∞ 

“I’m not ashamed of what I am - of how I pass through this life. What I am has given me the strength to do it. At my lowest ebb I have never contemplated suicide. I value what is here too much. I have a contribution to make. I am not just take up space in this life. I can add something to the lives I touch. I don’t like everything I know about myself, and I’ll never be satisfied, but nobody’s perfect. I’m not sure where the next years will take me - what they will hold - but I’m open to suggestions.”




A film by Martin Scorsese
Taxi Driver (1976)

Director: Martin Scorsese
Screenplay: Paul Schrader
Cinematography: Michael Chapman
Music: Bernard Herrmann.

"This deeply disturbing drama, which examines alienation in urban society by combining elements of film noir, the Western, and horror movies. established Martin Scorsese as a major figure in world film and made Robert De Niro a star. De Biro immerses himself in the complex character. Scorsese presents an apocalyptic view of the city, with steam hissing out of the streets, incessant traffic noise, and wailing sirens. This is contrasted with the haunting score by Bernard Herrmann (his last).”- Ronald Bergan, The Film Book, 2011.

Take a look at Dan Perri’s title design, the best quote , and the comparison with Drive (2011)

An interesting little note from Mr. Scorsese himself:

"Taxi Driver was very much Paul Schrader’s script. He wrote it over a period, I don’t know, I keep thinking maybe four, five weeks, three weeks maybe. He was in a very lonely state at the time, a very bad state of frame of mind as you can tell from the film. The loneliness, frustration, anxiety, fear. It’s all there. And, somehow, I connected with the material. Travis was an outsider. I thought of myself as an outsider. Maybe because I was a kid with asthma or whatever, I don’t know. I’ve always felt like that. The anger and the rage are always there. Maybe it’s because of the way I grew up. I don’t know but it’s there. It was there with Schrader. It was there in Travis. And, in a way, I felt it was like an umbilical cord to me. I felt as if I just knew it intrinsically. And De Niro felt a similar way, although we never articulated it with Bob. He doesn’t have to talk about it.He does it, you see. And so it was a really perfect union of the three of us.”