Derek McMillan Posted July 18, 2005 Share Posted July 18, 2005 The film raises issues of sexism, racism, political corruption, alienation and the currently ‘live’ issue of the wide availability of guns in the US (although Travis actually obtains his guns illegally). I have written at length about its ideological dimensions http://www.derekmcmillan.com/taxidriv.htm It is a really powerful film. It has one of the most quoted sequences in film, "You talking to me?" which is the fantasy of the central character and narrator - Travis Bickle, the would-be assassin who ends up a hero by mistake. There is a strong portrait in Travis's part-pathetic and part-threatening attempts to fit in to normal society. The dark portrait of "Hell's Kitchen" may not be accurate - anyone who lives there would dispute it - but it does show how this society looks from Travis's point of view. I have posted this in hope that other people who have seen it will want to comment. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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