Taxi Driver (1976): Psycho Impact; Intertextuality


Narrative of a lunatic loner, Travis, locked in a world of his own perception.

Everything that Travis sees is a moving POV shot, a creation of his own bizarre notion of the world.

He sees only acts of violence, NY most violent aspects; talks about trash

Like Norman Bates, his world is solipsistic world, his distortions and terrors imposed on everything he sees.

What he sees is from a high shot at what he is looking at

There’s 90 degree tracking shot of Travis and victim at the end of the film

Bernard Herrmann wrote the score for Taxi Driver, the last before his death, and he borrows and refers to Psycho in the use of dark low chords.

At the end of Taxi, strange, troubling reference to the eyes and to seeing, two central metaphors in Psycho

At the end, when Travis drives thru the dark streets of the city, he suddenly catches sight of his eyes in the rearview mirror. There is a loudĀ  squeak on the soundtrack, and Travis reaches for the mirror and pushed it out of his sight.