Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Movie Clip Wednesday - New York, New York

That Movie Clip Wednesday Small Business Rabble Rouser, Boxer is too busy hiding her business from the IRS. So the lovely Joanna Cake again is performing the hostess duties she has become so good at doing. This MCW Meme has everyone picking a clip from their favorite movies based on a weekly theme while trying to keep the clip or clips to around 3 minutes long. She has decided this week's theme to be - New York, New York.

There are many movies that prominently feature New York City including Ghost Busters, Saturday Night Fever and The French Connection. But the one I like the most and that I think features the "real" NYC is 1976's Taxi Driver. The sleaze and corruption of this city can turn cab drivers into cynics and is what made Travis Bickle the vigilante anti-hero we all know and love (are you talking to me?). This scene describes his feelings about the city and how it is affecting him. Jeff Bridges was considered for this part. I don't know, I can see the Dude saying "I take people to the Bronx, Brooklyn, I take 'em to Harlem. I don't care. Don't make no difference to me. Come on, man. I had a rough night and I hate the fuckin' Eagles, man!

And as an added (non-embedded - friggin' YouTube) bonus, what trip to NYC would be complete without a ride on the subway? My other favorite NYC movie with my favorite NYC actor - King of New York Subway Scene.

So , do you want to be a part of it, New York, New York? Let that British Big City girl Joanna make a brand new start of it, right there in old New York (well, I hosed that all up).


Karl said...

Good morning Buzz Kill,

The narration in the clip is so fitting for the city. Walking the streets at night is kind of like being in a zoo with the bars removed.

Enjoy your clip day.

Anonymous said...

I always liked the night and was working through nights very often. For years in a business at the main railway station, later as a kind of security bloke for a company in various stations. Not so many people.

Joanna Cake said...

I don't think I've ever watched Taxi Driver all the way through but I do remember this scene. It's enough to put a girl right off the Big City!

You should be holding on to your Subway Scene - in a couple of weeks there's a best train moment MCW :)

Buzz Kill said...

Yeah, DeNiro can paint a pretty grim picture. He adlibbed a lot of it.

I don't know, these days doing night time security work could be pretty dangerous.

Have you ever been to New York? It's as scary as this movie makes it out to be. It's why I rarely go there.

I'm sure I can come up with something else for a train theme.