Taxi Driver

cinephiliabeyond:

Designed by Midnight Marauder.

Taxi Driver is a very special case: it’s a film that was made because the people involved all made large financial sacrifices and stuck to them for a long time. The entire above-the-line cost for Scorsese, De Niro, Michael and Julia Phillips and Tony Bill, Peter Boyle, Jodie Foster, and myself was probably around $150,000; people were doing it for next to nothing. We were all young enough to want to do something that will last. De Niro told me, when we were talking about whether the film would make any money, that he felt it was a film people would be watching fifty years from now, and that whether everybody watched it next year wasn’t important. That’s how we came to it, and that’s why we didn’t make any compromises; we figured if we’re going to compromise on money, we’re certainly not going to compromise on anything else. There’s nothing in the film that was put there at the studio’s insistence. There are things we disagree about, things I would have done differently. —Paul Schrader interviewed by Richard Thompson

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Yesterday. Another day too precious to photograph.  Visit with dear friend who has been ill for some time, not terminally ill but very ill.  Now her husband has cancer. They are facing all of this with uncommon grace. No, that’s wrong. Grace in the face of extreme hardship is common and is what gives the human race the dignity that remains. Continue reading

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Thank you Oliver Stone:

RHAH
 Baaaa!  Fuck it, they sold us out – so what!  What’d
 you’all expect?  Civilian life is phoney BULLSHIT
 man.  They’re ROBOTS man – watchin’ dopey television
 and drivin’ dopey cars, and they fuck up, nobody
 dies.  That’s all right, you keep fuckin’ up,
 politicians keep lyin’.  Cause it don’t really
 matter.  Don’t mean shit.  So what!  Whatcha want – a
 parade!  Fuck that too!  No war time no grunt never
 got no respect.  Till he was dead – and even THEN! 
 You’re fighting for YOURSELF man!  You’re fighting
 for your SOUL, dat’s all.  Remember dat.  And it’s
 some goddamn battle too – if you’se a man, wrestle
 with that angel …
  (swings his entrenching tool in a rhythmic chain-gang style)
 … Love and Hate – the whole shitbang show, that’s
 the story then and now and it ain’t hardly gonna
 change …