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Leonard Harris Dead at 81: Taxi Driver Senator Charles Palantine, New York Arts and Theater Critic

31 August 2011 12:53 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Leonard Harris, known in the New York area as an arts and theater critic for the local CBS television affiliate in the '60s and early '70s, died of pneumonia in Hartford, Conn., on Sunday. Harris was 81. Outside of New York, Harris was known for his role as Senator Charles Palantine in Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver (1976). In the Oscar-nominated drama, Palantine is running for president on a platform of radical social change, at one point sympathizing with Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro), a mentally unbalanced taxi driver-turned-vigilante who wants to rid New York of its "scum and filth." The eventual results aren't pretty. Palantine is also the link between Bickle and the senator's presidential campaign worker Betsy (Cybill Shepherd), a classy-looking blonde with whom Bickle becomes obsessed. According to Harris' New York Times obit, Scorsese knew Harris "through the New York drama scene." Harris played another politician, a mayor, »

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Martin Scorsese Teams with Lars Von Trier for The Five Obstructions: Taxi Driver

13 May 2011 9:48 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

In a follow-up to his 2003 documentary The Five Obstructions, which saw controversial director Lars von Trier teaming up with J&#248rgen Leth to revisit Leth's short film The Perfect Human, von Trier will now team-up with Martin Scorsese to revisit that director's seminal classic Taxi Driver.

The purpose of The Five Obstructions is to force a director to look at one of his earliest films, and remake it five times, while Lars von Trier throws certain 'obstructions' in the way. Obstacles that will greatly change the film, and the way the director thinks about plot, story structure, characterization, location, and other elements that go into making a masterpiece of cinema.

The Five Obstructions: Taxi Driver will ask Martin Scorsese to revisit one of his first great achievements five different times, while Lars von Trier studies the different outcomes. Additional details of the film have not been disclosed at this time, »

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Understanding Scorsese: A Martin Scorsese Profile (Part 2)

16 March 2011 12:47 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Trevor Hogg profiles the career of legendary American filmmaker Martin Scorsese in the second of a five-part feature... read part one here.

“It’s true that some films will involve me more than others,” admitted American filmmaker Martin Scorsese. “It’s also true that I might have never made Taxi Driver [1976] were it not for the success of Alice [Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, 1974]. The question of commercialism is a source of worry. Must one make a choice, must it be a matter of either setting your sights on winning an Academy Award and becoming a millionaire, or making only the movies you want to make and starving to death?” The $1.3 million production about a lonely New York City taxi driver (Robert De Niro), who has an unrequited romantic attachment with political campaign volunteer (Cybill Shepherd) and becomes a vengeful angel for a child prostitute (Jodie Foster), potently harnessed the sense of public disillusionment fueled »

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Taxi Driver Blu-ray Debuts April 5

15 February 2011 11:17 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The 1976 classic Taxi Driver will be released on Blu-ray on April 5. The new Blu-ray edition will be priced at $24.95 and you can take a look at the cover art and the special features below.

Paul Schrader's gritty screenplay depicts the ever-deepening alienation of Vietnam Veteran Travis Bickle, a psychotic cab driver who obsessively cruises the mean streets of Manhattan. Robert De Niro stars with Jodie Foster, Cybill Shepherd, Harvey Keitel, Peter Boyle, and Albert Brooks in the all-too-real story of a psychotic New York cabby who is driven to violence in an attempt to rescue a teenage prostitute.

Special Features:

movieIQOriginal 1986 Commentary with Director Martin Scorsese and Writer Paul Schrader recorded by The Criterion CollectionInteractive Script to ScreenFeature Length Commentary by Writer Paul SchraderFeature Length Commentary by Professor Robert KolkerMartin Scorsese on Taxi DriverGod's Lonely ManProducing Taxi DriverInfluence and Appreciation: A Martin Scorsese TributeTaxi Driver StoriesMaking Taxi DriverTravis' New »

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