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One of the most fascinating things about Martin Scorsese's The King of Comedy is how closely it can be compared to the film he did seven years earlier, and yet how different the two films are perceived. Taxi Driver is looked at as a violent psychological thriller while The King of Comedy is described by many as a dark comedy. Robert De Niro's performance in King of Comedy, as aspiring stand-up comedian Rupert Pupkin obsessed with talk show star Jerry Langford (Jerry Lewis), holds so many similarities with that of Travis Bickle, and I don't think it's a stretch to say Pupkin, in many ways, is actually scarier than Bickle. In this sense, I wrote above how "many" consider King of Comedy a dark comedy because, in many ways, I think it's every bit as scary, if not more so, as Taxi Driver. Both films could be looked at as character studies, »

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