"The Truth behind Travis Bickle's New York Film Locations"
"The Truth behind Travis Bickle's New York Film Locations" Pictorial.. Ace Preston
Real visions of Travis Bickle's New York..
Travis Bickle's New York
Taxi Driver Part II "Hero's Welcome"
"All films begin with the written word" Orson Wells
1975-2006: The Cab Office (West 57th Street), Palantine Office (62nd & Broadway), Columbus Circle, Porno Theater (the real life girlfriend illusion on/off again relationship between DeNiro & Diahnne Abbott, the concession girl in the film), 226 East 13th street (in 1988 the stoop collapsed outside this building killing two young girls), The political rally @ 7th Avenue & 38th street, The St. Regis Hotel (still the same) @ 2 East 55th street, Hotel Olcott @ 27.. @ 692 McAnn's Bar..the Terminal (the Bronx?).. 47th Street & 8th Avenue.. Belmore Cafeteria (Park Avenue South/28th street..NE Corner).
Dustin Hoffman had thought Martin Scorcese was crazy and turned down the role..
Problems to writing a sequel to "Taxi Driver" has been consistent and burdensome to Scorcese and DeNiro. An attempted sequel titled "Hero's Welcome" ...takes place as Travis Bickle's real life character is transformed and influenced into a real life character (The Hero Alone) into becoming a true life tragic figure of Travis Bickle..Life imitating art or the other way around.. Oscar Wilde remains as influential today as yesterday.. another transformation of The Ripper from London's dark alleys in Whitechapel to Hell's Kitchen now gone as well. This is a living hell when the places you remember as a child no longer exist.
All scenes are still shot in the same spots today or places..1975 now 2010..
Ace Preston's photography takes you to a place you've never been before..operating in a lawless stone-age society within metro regions.. about a guy drifting around... and apart..
The girl he wants..he can't get..
The girl he can have.. he doesn't want..
Dealing with a psychopaths second coming.. from scared little boy to avenger..many parts of a personality but only shows one.. from blank to anger..
Figures that can't manage the world.. saturated in blood..
Interesting characters lie and they lie to themselves..in the end.. a bad ending.. mechanisms of not having what you can get and not wanting what you can have.
"This is not really reality me. I'm somewhere else..now..nowhere".
"I wear a mohawk cause I wanna cross the line. So don't mess with me.. I'm going over.."
Mechanisms of loneliness. We are not lonely by nature. We make ourselves lonely.. a cab is a metal coffin drifting around.. floating through the sewer you learn about yourself and diffuse the evil elements of their power..you can externalize, exorcise personal demons, neurotic pathologies by exposing them to the daylight of drama by writing them on a public wall.
He's not an alien. He's an american kid.. and he's out there in Times Square...somewhere..seems surrounded by people but is really alone..
Rule of the "Taxi Driver".. there is no word but the word of the underground man..the outsider.. the stranger.. there is no case where there is no there..
Psychotic hero..Mono-Maniacal... everything takes place from one point of view. This is Dante's Inferno..only world he knows..the world he sees...this is objective reality..Loneliness as a defense mechanism becomes malignant and violent. .. it is a very american type..
Lesson in gunmanship in the mirror with a sick distorted perspective.. the eyes of a pathological nature of a solitary existence.. Objects assume importance... reflections within a golden eye..
Marlon Brando knew of this before. "You talking to me" or "You staring at me"..
Touchstones are for people who are mentally unstable. Character was here.
Ban the film "Taxi Driver" you will still have Travis Bickle...these people mutate and find another life form occasionally from trash art, substantially from substantial art..
Right to the heart of contradiction of character operating less than conscious level. He says to himself.."Don't you see what a terrible person I am. Don't you get it. Have I really fooled you. Here, let me show you. How could you ever think of liking someone like me."
Pathological self-hatred loneliness kicks in. Drastic actions of an idiot.
Paul Schrader doesn't even know what he created.. most writers don't know what they mean when they write.. Write drunk.. edit sober.. Ernest Hemingway said that.. What did F. Scott Fitzgerald say?
I can see Paul's office from my room.. the sloped building surface.. Grace Building 42nd street or Number 9 57th street...
Dissolve the Avatar.. wear a wig wong on a movie star.. throw a Viet Cong Flag over there.. "Do you know what it took to take it?" How about an Iraqi flag..
..Drink Royal Crown Cola... chew Clark Bars.. We got it all.. except Ju Ju Beans..they last longer.. IAMBIC..two words.. "become a person like other people"...expositional minor nondescript character..venal..cast a comic shtick cause it makes us laugh..Albert Brooks... the fool he should have become.. he gets all the girls.
Part romantic... part vulgar.. Kris Kringle is Travis Bickles..Chick Webb performs on Broadway @ Columbus Circle not 42nd Street... that is a lie by the director.. Martin does lie occasionally... believe me.. I never lie. I always tell the truth especially when I lie.
Michael Chapman was Director of Photography.. so was Mark David Chapman.. John Lennon was the last casualty of the Viet Nam War as Abraham Lincoln as told by Rod Sterling was the last casualty of the American Civil War.
He really has no place to go.
Oliver Stone was a student of Scorcese while @ NYU..
..the NYU Archives....photographic collection..
"Chemtone" in Korean is "Kim Tone" .. 6th Avenue driving downtown goes the other way...look both ways before you cross... like 8th Avenue changed in the 60s in reverse.. cabs of a different color besides yellow from Pakistan.. from Afghanistan.. rises from Viet Nam.. before that Korea.. before that Japan.. before that the Mongols.. Why Marco Polo?
..in the beginning..in the end.. it ends where it began..what happens at the end happens at the beginning..
It's all gonna start again. Those eyes in the rear view mirror are gonna start reaching again and next time you won't be no hero. He's not fixed yet..
Palantine Hill comes from Rome.
Where did Travis Bickle live? Apartment number?
Documentary cemetery.. Disconnected. Lack of consistency? Paranoia.. Racist.. existing in very small places.. an indication of the spaces in his mind.. ingenue.. playing the romantic hero to this woman in white..hand held camera gives a sense of instability..a leveling sane gaze. You're not a happy person.. can I try my best to look like an ordinary guy..have no sense in doing something else where one's mind is fixated on what you want to do.. banal conversation.. always alone in the frame...so much is told by a stare..by glances.. more than an ordinary look..caught in the only way one sees the world through the eyes of Travis Bickle.. "You staring at me?"
Ace Preston's camera brings you back to those locations today.. Taxi Driver Part II cannot be written by a man.. but a machine..
..the last foolish gesture of a failure..in payment for failure you get to be a celebrity. Documents say I am here. Photos say I was there. He's god's lonely man all over again..
It is from pay phone in the lobby of the Ed Sullivan Theater (1697 Broadway) where Travis Bickle calls Betsy to apologize.. so pathetic in conversation the camera has a mind of it's own and moves away from the subject.. "Is there really anybody there on the other end of the line?" I hope not. It is better to be insane than lonely.
He lives at 154 Hopper Avenue Fair Lawn New Jersey.. there is a Hopper Avenue in Fair Lawn but no 154.
It was the last feature by Columbia pictures to use the Torch Lady logo..
Checker cabs stopped production after 1982.. the last one was retired in 1999..
the most dangerous movie ever made..
Tom Scott delivered the haunting alto saxophone solos.. over Bernard Herrman's score.. Herrman dies on Christmas Eve 1976 hours after completing the recording sessions..
Paul wrote the script in 5 days keeping a loaded gun by his side for inspiration motivation..
Harry Chapin's isolated anti-hero rides off in a "Taxi".. Harry dies on the Long Island Expressway after a truck hits him in the rear of his Ford Pinto while going to a fund raiser. In Sag Harbor his adopted daughter hates my guts. I lied to her that I had no girlfriend. It's better to be lonely than have a girlfriend tell other girls you are not alone.
Ed Gein exchanges a full confession to serial murders in exchange for a slice of apple pie and melted cheese. What about Ted Bundy and looking through Gary Gilmore's eyes.. They were transplanted after his execution.
They all want to be Iris: Ellen Barkin, Brooke Shields, Geena Davis, Michelle Pfeiffer, Debra Winger, Mariel Hemingway, Carrie Fisher, Bo Derek, Kim Cattral, Rosanna Arquette, Kristy McNichol, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jason Leigh, Heather Locklear, Kim Bassinger but Melanie Griffith won't go.. neither would Linda Blair.
Meryl Streep turns down Betsy another Cybil Sheppard..like Sigourney Weaver. Goldie Hawn..Lizzie Minelli..Barbara Hershey.. Mia Farrow..
DePalma fired from directing the film instead directs "Scarface" and his character Tony Montana the tie for first place by Al Pacino versus Robert DeNiro.. screenplay by Oliver Stone after classes.. Paul had Jeff Bridges in mind..
Jeff goes on to have a hit movie in 2010.. 35 years later.. it wasn't "Tender Mercies" that was Robert Duval... the same but different..
Lately or since "Raging Bull" DeNiro fails at everything else including being himself.. He is no longer Travis Bickle..
Travis Bickle has assumed a character of his own.. He now belongs to the masses of every nobody wandering the streets late at night..