Album are hardly the only art form to be declared masterpieces. How many teachers have said the same about books? Or museums with rare art? Films are no different, which is why we brought in the very wise and very noble Leah Pickett to host our most excellent new video series, Masterpiece Films. So, join us in the luxurious Music Box Lounge, where we discuss the greatest stories to ever hit celluloid.
Today’s episode dials back the clock to New York City 1976, when all the animals came out at night — the whores, the buggers, the dopers, the junkies, the sick, and the venal. A time when a young filmmaker by the name of Martin Scorsese waited for the rain to come and wash the scum off the streets with one of the era’s grittiest films, Taxi Driver. A thriller so dark and wretched that even the Academy couldn’t handle it.
Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to meet Travis Bickle.