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Taxi Driver

Posted 7/20/2016 12:45pm by Eugene Wyatt.

In his essay The White Negro, Norman Mailer suggested that when a killer takes his revenge on the institutions that he feels are oppressing him his eruption of violence can have a positive effect on him. The most shocking aspect of Taxi Driver is that it takes this very element, which has generally been exploited for popular appeal, and puts it in the center of the viewer’s consciousness. Violence is Travis’s only means of expressing himself.

When The Lights Go Down 1975, Pauline Kael, P. 131.