Taxi Driver) Research paper and PowerPoint Presentation.
Each student will be required to make a 10 minute presentation to the rest of the class on what he/she has found out regarding his/her topic. This will enable the rest of the class to learn something about your topic. The presentation should be designed to ensure that the other students comprehend the central ideas of your paper. You can illustrate your research with a PowerPoint and a short video clip if you want. Below I have attach some important information that can be use to complete the paper and powerpoint presentation.
Movie Info (Taxi Driver), by Robert De Niro.
All the animals come out at night-and one of them is a cabby about to snap. In Martin Scorseses classic 1970s drama, insomniac ex-Marine Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro) works the nightshift, driving his cab throughout decaying mid-70s New York City, wishing for a Real rainto wash the Scumoff the neon-lit streets. Chronically alone, Travis cannot connect with anyone, not even with such other cabbies as blowhard Wizard (Peter Boyle). He becomes infatuated with vapid blonde presidential campaign worker Betsy (Cybill Shepherd), who agrees to a date and then spurns Travis when he cluelessly takes her to a porno movie. After an encounter with a malevolent fare (played by Scorsese), the increasingly paranoid Travis begins to condition (and arm) himself for his imagined destiny, a mission that mutates from assassinating Betsys candidate, Charles Palatine (Leonard Harris), to violently Savingteen hooker Iris (Jodie Foster) from her pimp, Sport (Harvey Keitel). Travis bloodbath turns him into a media hero; but has it truly calmed his mind? Written by Paul Schrader, Taxi Driver is an homage to and reworking of cinematic influences, a study of individual psychosis, and an acute diagnosis of the latently violent, media-fixated Vietnam era. Scorsese and Schrader structure Travis mission to save Iris as a film noir version of John Fords late Western The Searchers (1956), aligning Travis with a mythology of American heroism while exposing that myths obsessively violent underpinnings. Yet Travis military record and assassination attempt, as well as Palatines political platitudes, also ground Taxi Driver in its historical moment of American in the 1970s. Employing such techniques as Godardian jump cuts and ellipses, expressive camera moves and angles, and garish colors, all punctuated by Bernard Herrmanns eerie final score (finished the day he died), Scorsese presents a Manhattan skewed through Travis point-of-view, where De Niros now-famous You talkin to meimprov becomes one more sign of Travis madness. Shot during a New York summer heat wave and garbage strike, Taxi Driver got into trouble with the MPAA for its violence. Scorsese desaturated the color in the final shoot-out and got an R, and Taxi Driver surprised its unenthusiastic studio by becoming a box-office hit. Released in the Bicentennial year, after Vietnam, Watergate, and attention-getting attempts on President Fords life, Taxi Drivers intense portrait of a man and a society unhinged spoke resonantly to the mid-70s audience -too resonantly in the case of attempted Reagan assassin and Foster fan John W. Hinckley. Taxi Driver went on to win the Palme dOr at the Cannes Film Festival, but it lost the Best Picture Oscar to the more comforting Rocky. Anchored by De Niros disturbing embodiment of Gods lonely man,Taxi Driver remains a striking milestone of both Scorseses career and 1970s Hollywood. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi