Watch Martin Scorcese’s ‘Taxi Driver’ become a comedy

By | December 16, 2011 at 4:14 pm | One comment | Audio/Video, feature slider | Tags: , ,

Nothing can ever repair the egregious snub of Martin Scorsese for the best director Oscar in 1977 for his classic film Taxi Driver. The trailblazing drama and the unforgettable “You talkin’ to me?” scene has served as a universal reference in pop culture for almost 30 years– South Park has even referenced it (you remember when Mr Garrison plans to assassinate Kathie Lee Gifford, right)?

With that being said, it’s nice to see quirky, DIY director Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) give his own colorful, goofy mini-tribute to the Taxi Driver‘s ominous tone by turning it into a light, comedic one full of fake mohawks, paper faces, obvious model recreations of scenes, and more. He casts himself as the Travis Bickle character, played originally by Robert De Niro.

Watch the original trailer, then the Gondry version below.

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