NYC: Scorsese’s TAXI DRIVER Celebrates 40th Anniversary at Tribeca; Director and Cast to Attend

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Director Martin Scorsese to join stars Robert De Niro,  Jodie Foster, Cybill Shepherd, and writer Paul Schrader for post-screening conversation.

To those of you who dare say that TAXI DRIVER is not a horror movie, respectfully, you don’t know the first thing about horror movies.

Director Martin Scorsese’s Paul Schrader-penned psychodrama, the chronicles of unstable loner Travis Bickle and his night-drive into the New York underbelly, is the darkest of genre films, even more horrific in that it doesn’t try to sell itself as horror, rather it hides behind the broader non-genre of “drama”, doling out its grimy terrors slowly until it erupts in fever of surrealism and blood.

What a movie.

And what an embarrassment of great performances. Not just from Robert De Niro, whose work here made him a household name, but from co-stars Cybill Shepherd, Jodie Foster, Albert Brooks, Harvey Keitel, Joe Spinell and Peter Boyle.

And don’t get us started on Bernard Herrmann’s lush, noir-from-Hell score, his last.

Truly, TAXI DRIVER is a monumental motion picture.

And now, on the cusp of its 40th Anniversary, The Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) announced today that the film will be celebrated on April 21st at the 15th edition of the Festival.

Following the anniversary screening at the Beacon Theatre, Scorsese, De Niro, Foster, Shepherd and Schrader will take part in a special conversation moderated by Kent Jones. Tickets will be available beginning March 24 at 10am EST by visiting beacontheatre.com or by calling Ticketmaster at 866-858-0008.

The Tribeca Film Festival will take place April 13-24.

“It’s odd to think that four decades have passed since we shot TAXI DRIVER on the streets of a very different New York City. It was made in a surge of energy, starting with Paul’s one-of-a-kind script, and I was working with an extraordinary group of artistic collaborators as anyone could ever hope for—Jodie, who was 13 years old at the time, and Bob gave the picture something precious, dangerous, and altogether remarkable. I’m honored to take part in the celebration of the film’s 40th anniversary at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival,” said Martin Scorsese.

“It’s a great honor for TFF to revisit TAXI DRIVER. I’m very proud to have worked on this film with Marty, Jodie, Harvey, Cybill, Paul, Michael and Julia as well as the extraordinary cast and crew. I remain equally proud today,” said Robert De Niro, Festival co-founder.  

 

Visit www.tribecafilm.com/festival for more information about TFF’s 2016 programs and the full line-up of films. 

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