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Greenberg and Other Character Studies
Posted March 08, 2010 to photo album "Greenberg and Other Character Studies"
Noah Baumbach’s comedy Greenberg probes the psyche of a man in search of himself. We consider other films that study character.
Slide 5: Taxi Driver - character as psychosis
Move The Searchers up a century and plunk it down in the middle of New York City and Taxi Driver is what you might get. Writer Paul Schrader and director Martin Scorsese partially based their color-saturated noir about Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro), an ex-marine cabby on a quest to save a teenage prostitute (Jodie Foster), on John Ford’s masterpiece. Taxi Driver remains one of the great character studies of contemporary cinema, an intoxicating mix of urban psychosis and American virtue. For Scorsese, “Travis really has the best intentions, He believes he’s doing right, just like St. Paul. He wants to clean up life, clean up his mind, clean up the soul. He is very spiritual, but in a sense Charles Manson was spiritual, which doesn’t mean it’s good.”