October 1st, 2006

Taxi Driver

I'd forgotten how gorgeous the night-time photography is. All that rain and neon.

And here are De Niro, Foster and Kietel all dewy fresh, with their glorious careers still ahead of them. In a way, it's sad. This was a peak for them all. They've  done good work since, but they've never done anything better.

That goes for Scorsese as well. This is his masterpiece, right?

What exactly happened to De Niro? For a while you couldn't make a classic American movie without having him in the lead. Now he's appearing in Meet the Fokkers. Did he stop caring?

Or is this what happens to all leading men (and women): sooner or later the great roles dry up?