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Taxi Driver (BFI Film Classics) Paperback – January 22, 2008
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I ended up coming away a bit dissapointed.
The book doesn't really shed anything new on the film. Almost everything she's discusses it mentioned by either Scorsese or Schrader on the old Criterion laserdisc commentary of this film.
There were only a couple of new ideas I gathered from this book. First, the heavy handed sexual themes. I always knew they were there, but not in the way she brings it up. The scene on the cover of the book, I never really put together in my head that he's trying to reinact a fantasy of killing people performing intercourse. Even the scene where he kills Keitel, he whips out his gun and says "Suck on this!". The sexual connotation never hit me.
The other thing this book shed light on was the parallel between cowboys and indians. She brings up many parallels to The Searchers and how Jodie Foster is the Natlaie Wood character, Sport is the indian dresses in beads and feathers, and Travis with his boots is the cowboy who thinks he'll save the day.
Aside from that, it offers nothing new. To those who lack a laserdisc player, I would suggest this book. You honestly can't beat the price.
Little boo-boos like these can severely hamper the believability of the rest of an authors "expertise" on a given subject.
For some actual film analysis instead of chunks of synopsis interspersed with feminist rambling, check out the BFI Film Classics books on "Last Tango in Paris" and "Back to the Future" instead.
"Taxi Driver" is very well done, one of the best in the BFI series.
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