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'Taxi Driver' stars to mark movie's 40th anniversary at the Tribeca Film Festival

By Karen Butler   |   March 18, 2016 at 3:14 PM
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NEW YORK, March 18 (UPI) -- Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Cybill Shepherd and Paul Schrader are to take part in a Tribeca Film Festival panel marking the 40th anniversary of the classic psychological thriller Taxi Driver.

The question-answer session will follow a screening of the movie at New York's Beacon Theatre on April 21.

"Taxi Driver is one of the most brilliantly disturbing movies ever made, and why I chose to go into film. It's had an indelible impact on pop culture, and its performances rank among the most memorable in cinema," Jane Rosenthal, festival co-founder, said in a statement Friday. "It's a great honor to have the original cast at the festival and to present this masterpiece to a new generation."

"It's odd to think that four decades have passed since we shot Taxi Driver on the streets of a very different New York City. It was made in a surge of energy, starting with Paul's one-of-a-kind script, and I was working with an extraordinary group of artistic collaborators as anyone could ever hope for -- Jodie, who was 13 years old at the time, and Bob gave the picture something precious, dangerous, and altogether remarkable. I'm honored to take part in the celebration of the film's 40th anniversary at this year's Tribeca Film Festival," added Scorsese, the film's director.

"It's a great honor for TFF to revisit Taxi Driver. I'm very proud to have worked on this film with Marty, Jodie, [actor] Harvey [Keitel,] Cybill, Paul, [producers] Michael and Julia [Phillips,] as well as the extraordinary cast and crew. I remain equally proud today," remarked De Niro, who is also the festival's co-founder.

The Tribeca Film Festival will run April 13-24.

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