Taxi Driver (1976)Travis Bickle an ex Vietnam War Veteran played by (Robert De Niro) works as anight-time taxi driver in New York city only to ﬁnd himself ﬁghting to save ayoung girl being used for prostitution and to help ﬁx the error of her ways.18 CertiﬁcateGenre: Drama, ThrillerStars: Robert De Niro as Travis Bickle. Jodie Foster as Iris. Cybill Sheperd as Betsy.Writer: Paul Schrader Director: Martin ScorseseSound tracks: ”Late For The Sky” By Jackson Browne ”Hold Me Close“ By Keith Addis
Robert Di NiroBorn: New York City, 1943.His father was of Italian and Irish descent, and his mother was of English, German, French, and Dutch ancestry.His ﬁrst movie role was in The Wedding Party aged 20.He starred in Taxi Driver at the age of 33 and he is Currently 68.His wife Diahnne Abbott also appears in Taxi Driver.Praised for his commitment to roles – he actually worked as a Taxi Driver for a fewweeks – to get himself ready for the role.Famous ﬁlms: The Godfather – Young Vito Corleone, Racing Bull, Good fella’s, Frankenstein, Meet the parents and much more. 2 Oscars, 1 Golden Globe and others.
ThoughtsStyle of the ﬁlm is ﬁrst person with the voice over of Robert De Niro throughout. This makes the ﬁlm emotional and makes you feel like your in his shoes.The pace of the ﬁlm is slow and dramatic to hold suspense throughout so theviewer doesn’t expect the outcome The colours used are dark and dingy which kind of lets the viewer know this isno romantic comedy.The music is dreary and very slow but just added to the suspense.The character (Travis) is made to feel lonely and in a mental state and the ﬁlmportrays this with the voice over and the subtle sound track.
Elephant (2003)Elephant is based on the Columbine High School Massacre of 1999.It shows the daily lives of many of the students in the school so we can relate to themmore as individuals and see how their own lives have each been affected by theshootings. Therefore we understand something about each of the main students, which creates apersonal relationship with them. Director: Gus Van Sant – directed other ﬁlms such as Psycho 1998, Last Days (KurtCobain documentary) – many other music documentaries featuring red hot chillipeppers & David BowieStars: Actual students; they each play their own character with their actual name.Writer: Gus Van Sant – although the character were made to improvise to make it morerealistic and natural.Genre: Drama; Crime; Documentary
The Columbine ShootingsWho was injured?: 12 students and 1 teacher were killed. 21 other students directlyinjured by them. 3 injured whilst trying to escape. Who were the shooters? 2 senior students in the high school: Eric Harris & Dylan Klebold.After the shootings they committed suicide.Why?: Many people blame over- exposure to violent video games for the reasons behindwhy they did it, some people blame manicdepression and insecurity. Eric Harris kept a blogwhich published his views on society, later documenting his hatred and expressing how he needed to act upon his emotions.
ThoughtsSlow pace ﬁlm – Add emotion and serenity to the picture: got a feeling of being therewith the characters. Long panoramic shots of certain scenarios such as the canteenscene. Got a sense of being back in school- feeling the everyday feeling of a student.Students: Got to know them all as individuals; Gus Van Sant said that each student wasactually a real student, i.e. the student who loves photography actually went roundtaking photos of people in parks in his free time and went around school with a camera.He wanted to add personality to each student so we felt a personal connection withthem, and felt their emotions when the shootings happened. The relaxing tone of the ﬁlm almost depicts an oxymoron to the whole event. There areno jerky scenes and scenes which make you shocked: even the scene in the library wherehe ﬁrst shows the gun & shoots the ‘geek’, there is no harshness to the picture, whichalmost adds to the shock of the occurrence. The tone of colours to the picture alsodepicts a normal sunny day, which is trying to show how out of the blue the shootingswere.