The key players behind “Taxi Driver” — the 1976 Martin Scorsese-Robert De Niro film that is widely considered to be a masterpiece — reunited for a 40th anniversary screening of the movie last week at the Tribeca Film Festival, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
During his introduction of the film, De Niro noted the enduring impact of one of his lines from the movie, telling the crowd: “Forty years. Every day for 40 f—ing years, at least one of you has come up and said — what do you think — ‘You talkin’ to me?'”
Jodie Foster, who was 12 years old when she played a young hooker in the movie, talked about returning to New York as a filmmaker. “While De Niro really drove Travis Bickle’s yellow cab around Manhattan, with Scorsese in the back seat, for ‘Taxi Driver,’ Foster said it’s harder to film in the city nowadays,” THR reports.
But the story quotes Foster singing the praises of New York City as a filming location: “There’s a lot more paparazzi and intrusion, and it’s very difficult to make a movie now on the streets. … That didn’t happen in those days. But it’s the greatest city in the world. Of course it’s cinematic and everybody wants to be here. I’ve made so many films here. It’s a special place to film, and as far as I’m concerned, it’s kind of the film shooting capital of the world now. Pretty much everything’s shooting in New York.”