Martin Scorsese's TAXi DRiVER + BRiNGiNG OUT the DEAD in 35mm
Spoke Art and MiDNiTES FOR MANiACS present Friday, August 25, 2017 "Insomniac Mercenaries" 35mm Double Bill 7:00pm TAXi DRiVER (1976) - Restored 35mm Print Transcendental stylist/screenwriter Paul Schrader concocted this blood soaked, neo-noir giving director Martin Scorsese the Palm d'Or at the 1976 Cannes Film Festival. Robert De Niro's defining loner performance as Travis Bickle, an insomniac Vietnam-vet, still stands as one of cinema's greatest achievements. Combined with Bernard Herrmann's haunting musical score and Michael Chapman's grimy, neon-soaked New York camerawork, not to mention the priceless supporting cast of Cybill Shepherd, Harvey Keitel and the scene stealing Albert Brooks, this special 35mm presentation should cause cinematic heatstroke for everyone who attends. Running Time: 113 minutes. Rated (Hard) R. NOTE: Spoke Art will be releasing a limited edition, new alternative art poster by James Rheem Davis at the screening only. plays with 9:30pm BRiNGiNG OUT THE DEAD (1999) - Original 35mm Print Paul Schrader and Martin Scorsese re-teamed up, 23 years after making TAXi DRiVER, to create this eerily similar, existential exploration. Nicolas Cage, hot off the heals of John Woo's FACE/OFF (1997) and Brian DePalma's SNAKE EYES (1998), is in top form as he embodies yet another frenetic fruitcake, Frank Pierce, an insomniac New York paramedics driver. Sporting memorable performances by Patricia Arquette, John Goodman, Ving Rhames and the always hypnotic Tom Sizemore and combining frightening camerawork by Robert Richardson and hypnotic editing by Thelma Schoonmaker, this underrated gem deserves to be re-evaluated and perhaps placed alongside AFTER HOURS (1986) as one of Scorsese's more interesting achievements. Original 35mm Print. Running Time: 122 minutes. Rated R.