It’s kind of hard to wrap my head around the fact that it has been almost 40-years since Martin Scorsese’s classic film Taxi Driver hit theaters. When I discovered the movie back in high school, it became somewhat of an obsession and Robert DeNiro’s iconic portrayal of Travis Bickle is still awe inspiring to watch all these years later. While the acting work, direction and cinematography pack up this gift to cinema in a nicely wrapped package, one detail often overlooked when taking in a movie is the importance of audio. Well, Vimeo user “whoispablo” took it upon himself to edit together the above supercut which puts the movie’s sounds front and center.
Any bustling city brings with it a whole cacophony of aural meanderings and sometimes those ingredients can crescendo into an orchestra of chaos. While you do your best to digest that last sentence, let me point out one interesting note about the above video. The track being used is Bernard Herrmann’s “Twisted Nerve” which has been heard everywhere from Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill to multiple episodes of American Horror Story: Murder House. Taxi Driver was unfortunately the composer’s final work, as he passed away just hours after the movie’s final recording session.
That being said, though, the song used here isn’t from the Martin Scorsese classic and actually first appeared in Roy Boulting’s 1968 thriller Twisted Nerve. At any rate, the famous track adds a nice extra layer to the above video which also acts as a reminder that it’s been way too long since I’ve seen Taxi Driver. Excuse me while I remedy this, right now…