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Martin Scorsese’s “Taxi Driver” Criterion Cover 
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Martin Scorsese’s “Taxi Driver” Criterion Cover 

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Zac Efron Channelling his inner Travis Bickle and DeNiro In Neighbors.

Zac Efron Channelling his inner Travis Bickle and DeNiro In Neighbors.

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“Other college kids had to vandalize government buildings. All we had to do to rebel was go to movies.” —Paul Schrader

Paul Schrader’s screenplay for ‘Taxi Driver’ [pdf]. (NOTE: For educational purposes only).

Originally recorded for the Criterion Collection LaserDisc release of Taxi Driver, this track features director Martin Scorsese and writer Paul Schrader. Scorsese discusses his filmmaking style, shooting in New York, set design, casting, and plenty of other insightful tidbits. Meanwhile, Schrader discusses the rapidity with which he wrote the script, the themes of the story, the genesis of metaphor through theme, refinements to the script along the way, and plenty more. The commentators were recorded separately and later edited together. A moderator of sorts identifies the speakers and provides various background tidbits of her own.

Paul Schrader clarified the screenwriting development process in an interview with Richard Thompson from 1976 when Taxi Driver had just opened, Film Comment magazine, March-April 1976 [pdf].

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Paul Schrader was 26 and destitute when he wrote ‘Taxi Driver.’ In an interview published in ‘Martin Scorsese — A Journey’ he reflects on the origins of the script, its transition to the screen and subsequent reaction to the film. —Paul Schrader: Notes On Taxi Driver


In 1973, I had been through a particularly rough time. My marriage broke up and I had to quit the American Film Institute. I was out of work; I was out of the AFI; I was in debt. I fell into a period of real isolation, living more or less in my car. One day, I went to the emergency room in serious pain, and it turned out I had an ulcer. While I was in the hospital talking to the nurse, I realised I hadn’t spoken to anyone in two or three weeks.


It really hit me, an image that I was like a taxi driver, floating around in this metal coffin in the city, seemingly in the middle of people but absolutely, totally alone. At the time I wrote it, I was very enamoured of guns, I was very suicidal, I was drinking heavily, I was obsessed with pornography in the way a lonely person is, and all those elements are up front in the script… Right after writing it, I left town for about six months. I came back to LA when I was feeling a little stronger emotionally and decided to go at it again.


Taxi Driver was as much a product of luck and timing as everything else – three sensibilities together at the right time, doing the right thing. It was still a low-budget, long-shot movie, but that’s how it got made. At one point we could have got the film financed with Jeff Bridges in the lead, but we elected to hold out and wait until we could finance it with De Niro. Bob was so determined to get the character of Travis down, he drove a cab for a couple of weeks.


He got a licence, had his fingerprints taken by the police and hit the streets. The dialogue in Taxi Driver is somewhat improvised. The most memorable piece of dialogue in the film is an improvisation: the “Are you talking to me?” part. In the script it just says Travis speaks to himself in the mirror. Bobby asked me what he would say, and I said, “Well, he’s a little kid playing with guns and acting tough.” So De Niro used this rap that an underground New York comedian had been using at the same time as the basis for his lines.


I remember the night before Taxi Driver opened, we all got together and had dinner and said, “No matter what happens tomorrow we have made a terrific movie and we’re damn proud of it even if it goes down the toilet.” The next day, I went over to the cinema for the noon show. There was a long line that went all the way around the block. And then I realised, this line was for the two o’clock show, not the noon show! I ran in and watched the film and everyone was standing at the back and there was a sense of exhilaration about what we had done.


Jean-Luc Godard once said that all the great movies are successful for the wrong reasons. There were a lot of wrong reasons why Taxi Driver was successful. The sheer violence of it brought out the Times Square crowd. I’m not opposed to censorship in principle but I think that if you censor a film like Taxi Driver all you do is censor a film, not confront a problem. These characters are running around and can be triggered off by anything.


When I talk to younger filmmakers they tell me that it was really the film that informed them, that it was their seminal film, and listening to them talk, I really can see it as a kind of social watermark. But it was  meant as a personal film, not a political commentary. —Paul Schrader in ‘Martin Scorsese — A Journey’

Flashback 1976: Taxi Driver

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Mean Streets (ミーン・ストリート)(1973; Martin Scorsese)

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Mean Streets
(ミーン・ストリート)
(1973; Martin Scorsese)

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Deer Hunter Behind the Scene Photos

Deniro / Cimino / Cazale / Walken / Zsigmond

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Jackie Brown UK Blu-ray SteelBook Cover
Martin Scorsese’s "New York, New York" Polish Film Poster
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Martin Scorsese’s "New York, New York" Polish Film Poster

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Sergio Leone’s “Once Upon A Time In America” Japanese Poster
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Sergio Leone’s “Once Upon A Time In America” Japanese Poster

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MM Archive : The Deer Hunter : Unreleased Criterion Design Concepts

Michael Cimino’s “The Deer Hunter” Japanese Poster 
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Michael Cimino’s “The Deer Hunter” Japanese Poster 

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A Message From MM : In the Weeks and Months Ahead I will be incorporating More Criterion Blu Ray Cover Formats to my Designs.

Please keep in mind that I will not just be revamping old Covers, But working on NEW Film Titles.

I have been testing out the New Blu Ray Format on some Old Favorites.

1) Prometheus 

2) Halloween

3) The Conversation

4) Mean Streets

5) Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid

6) Blow Out

Thanks and I wish you all an amazing Memorial Day Weekend !! 

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MM Archive : Criterion Cover for Michael Cimino’s 1978 Oscar Winning "The Deer Hunter"
Got an Oscar favorite you’d like to see get the Criterion Treatment …?
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MM Archive : Criterion Cover for Michael Cimino’s 1978 Oscar Winning "The Deer Hunter"

Got an Oscar favorite you’d like to see get the Criterion Treatment …?

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Michael Cimino’s The Deer Hunter Print for the Hero Complex Gallery “Oscar Legends” show : 

NEWS UPDATE: Saturday Feb 16th Update, Prints are officially up for sale

Head over to the Hero Complex Store to Get your Print 

I want to Thank everyone that has bought a print during the pre sale yesterday !! It means so much to me to see such amazing support.

Hero Complex Gallery

Show starts Friday Feb. 15th @ 6pm at the SOMArts Cultural Center in SF

Online Sale Starts Tomorrow Saturday 16th !!

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Thank you to Adam at Hero Complex, Sal at Cromeyellow, DT at Blurrpy, Aurélien at Cinemateaser for their amazing support !! 

EXTRA EXTRA !!! 

The Greatest Film Blog online : "Cinephilia & Beyond" has just posted the Deer Hunter print on their site !  Thank you to LafamiliaFilm for their endless support and friendship

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Criterion Cover for Quentin Tarantino’s “Jackie Brown”
QT’s Homage to the famed Exploitation pictures of the 70’s is not what it seems. It’s filled with sharp smart dialogue, great Los Angeles areas such as Torrance, Hawthorne and the famed Del Amo Shopping Mall. Some unlikable people that we kinda care about, a performance by Robert Deniro that is wild and brutal not to mention a soundtrack to die for. But don’t take my word for it.
Here’s what the legendary Film Critic Roger Ebert had to say about Tarantino’s follow up to Pulp Ficition
" This is the movie that proves Tarantino is the real thing, and not just a two - film wonder boy."
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Criterion Cover for Quentin Tarantino’s “Jackie Brown”

QT’s Homage to the famed Exploitation pictures of the 70’s is not what it seems. It’s filled with sharp smart dialogue, great Los Angeles areas such as Torrance, Hawthorne and the famed Del Amo Shopping Mall. Some unlikable people that we kinda care about, a performance by Robert Deniro that is wild and brutal not to mention a soundtrack to die for. But don’t take my word for it.

Here’s what the legendary Film Critic Roger Ebert had to say about Tarantino’s follow up to Pulp Ficition

" This is the movie that proves Tarantino is the real thing, and not just a two - film wonder boy."

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I just published an interesting project up on my behance page taking you step by step the design process of a Criterion Cover.

In this first series I will be focusing on Martin Scorsese’s “Raging Bull” Exploring the films themes and design aspects, from initial concept to final design.