For the third time in a year I had the awesome pleasure of seeing one of my all time favorite films on the big screen, Martin Scorsese’s ‘Taxi Driver’. I have seen the film many times but for its 20th anniversary I got the chance to see it on the big screen for the first time. That was also the first time I ever went to The Music Box Theatre which is my favorite theatre. That was back in 1996. In 2010 the Gene Siskel Theatre had a special showing of it. This showing happen to be on August 17, my birthday. What better way to spend my birthday? It was an old print full of scratches and tears and it was faded but it was amazing. I hadn’t seen the film in a few years and it was almost like watching it again. Completely exhilarating. Reminding me why this film is, and remains, one of my favorites.
Since then there was the amazing restoration of it which you can see on Blu-ray but there was also a limited showing of it in AMC theatres a few months back. So once again I was able to see ‘Taxi Driver’ on the big screen. This time going to the opposite end of the spectrum. Months earlier I saw an old beat up print. This time it was a restored 4K digital resolution showing and it was amazing.
And now, as if coming full circle, one week away from starting production on my second feature, I get to see it again. This time a print version of the restoration. So a cross between the two extremes. Plus it was back at The Music Box where I had seen it 15 years earlier for the first time on the big screen.
And the night ended with a trip over to the nearby pub for a few pints.
*All pictures given a faded effect as if from the 70’s. All taken on my iPhone and using the Camera+ app for the look.