One of the greatest performances in the history of cinema is certainly Robert de Niro’s 'Travis Bickle' in Taxi Driver (1976). It’s not only his performance that makes the movie real, but also the scenes, where Travis drives his cab at the backstreets of New York, flavored with jazz scores of famous composer Bernard Herrmann. (Herrmann’s scores include also several other famous Hollywood movies, such as Psycho, North by Northwest, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Vertigo, Citizen Kane, Fahrenheit 451…and Taxi Driver was his last work).
|the alert at the back of Travis is a hint of the things to come in the movie|
The main character, Travis Bickle, is a good-looking guy in his mid-20s. However, he is an outcast, socially incapable to adapt himself to the society. That Travis works as a cab driver during the night shifts is maybe because he wants to deal with his insomnia which is due to the Vietnam War where he fought. When he drives his cab in the New York City night life, we dive into his lonely world; paranoia; emptiness; anxiety; private fears; embarrassments; and later, to his violent fantasies.