TAXI DRIVER
1976, Sony Repertory, 113 min, USA, Dir: Martin Scorsese

Director Martin Scorsese's "savage, many-headed dragon of the American New Wave" (Michael Atkinson, The Village Voice) is still as potent as ever. Cabbie Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro's seminal pistol-packing, insomniac loner) drives through the open sewer that is mid-1970s Manhattan with its pimps (Harvey Keitel), hookers (Jodie Foster), politicos (Cybill Shepherd and Albert Brooks) and other scummy creatures of the neon wilderness. With a ferocious script by Paul Schrader.


TEXASVILLE
1990, Sony Repertory, 123 min, USA, Dir: Peter Bogdanovich

Duane (Jeff Bridges) is massively in debt, with an alcoholic wife and trouble-making children, while Jacy (Cybill Shepherd) has returned to her hometown after a half-successful acting career and the death of her son. A sequel of sorts to THE LAST PICTURE SHOW, this underrated drama finds its characters in the summer of 1984, 30 years after we saw them anxiously idling their high school days away, now trying to find emotional stability in middle age.


THE LAST PICTURE SHOW
1971, Sony Repertory, 118 min, USA, Dir: Peter Bogdanovich

Jeff Bridges, Timothy Bottoms and Cybill Shepherd star as a trio of sexually confused teens trapped in a dying, dust-blown town. Flawlessly directed by Peter Bogdanovich and photographed by Robert Surtees, with a letter-perfect supporting cast led by Ben Johnson (Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner), Cloris Leachman (Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner) and Ellen Burstyn.


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