Taxi Driver

Robert De Niro Behind the Scenes of His Greatest Movies

Whether you enjoy his late-life output or not is irrelevant. Robert De Niro is one of cinema’s most celebrated actors, having made his mark in over 100 movies that defined a powerful decade of filmmaking. He’s worked with some of the finest directors, Martin Scorsese being his most famous collaborator, and his reputation as a fearsome street-tough type is often imitated and rarely topped. In honor of De Niro’s birthday — and inspired by the publication of Robert De Niro: Anatomy of an Actor and the recent Martin Scorsese exhibit on the Museum of Cinema website — we’re looking at behind-the-scenes photos from De Niro’s greatest films. The images offer a look at the star’s methodology, intensity, and relationships with the astounding talent he surrounded himself with. … Read More

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Home Movies: Watching New York City Transform on Film

Shot in 1980 and recently dug up like the time capsule it is, Manfred Kirchheimer’s experimental documentary Stations of the Elevated (screening in Brooklyn Friday night as part of BAMcinemaFest 2014) offers a view of New York City that bears little resemblance to the sleek metropolis of NYC 2014. Children play outside of dangerously rotting apartment buildings (presumably long demolished, probably to make way for luxury condominiums). Subway cars aren’t number, letter, or color-coded, instead labeled with street routes like “Lexington Ave. Express.” And most importantly, the subway cars are covered in graffiti, top to bottom, inside and out. … Read More

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10 Happy Accidents in Cinema

We all make mistakes. Even Bill Murray, which resulted in one of the funniest stories circulating the Internet this week — about his involvement with the Garfield films. Murray’s role in the movie won’t go down in the annals of cinema as one of the greatest film “accidents,” but there are plenty of other movie mistakes that will. Some of our favorite films were made better by serendipitous moments. See what happened when the stars aligned and movie magic happened. … Read More

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40 Things You Didn’t Know About Martin Scorsese

Happy birthday to tireless filmmaker and living legend, Martin Scorsese. Here’s hoping we can all be as productive and creative in our 70s. The director will see his biopic about stock swindler and motivational speaker Jordan Belfort, The Wolf of Wall Street, hit theaters on December 25, and he’s currently filming a documentary about former President Bill Clinton. And let’s not forget that Sinatra biopic in the works, an adaptation of Shūsaku Endō’s 1966 novel, Silence, and his ongoing work as executive producer for HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. While we have an idea of what the future holds for Scorsese, there are a lot of fascinating details about his past that we wanted to share with you in honor of the director’s birthday … Read More

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Fascinating Composite Portraits of Every Face in a Movie

Seoul-based artist group Shinseungback Kimyonghun — creative duo Shin Seung Back and Kim Yong Hun, who we learned about on Booooooom — created custom software that configures a composite image reflecting the average face in a movie. The program tracks a person’s face every 24 frames. The final portrait is fascinating, because it resembles a ghostly version of each movie’s biggest stars. Avatar is particularly weird due to the movie’s humanoid characters. After the jump, check out the faces from Taxi Driver, Black Swan, and more. We’ve also included a video so you can watch Shinseungback Kimyonghun’s process in action. … Read More

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Cool Designs Pay Tribute to Famous Cars in Film

Since their roughly concurrent births, automobiles and films have been eternally intertwined, a film or character’s mode of transportation a vital part of the fabric of cinematic storytelling. Spanish graphic designer Jesús Prudencio, inspired by that marriage, has created Cars and Films, a series of tributes to iconic vehicles and the famous movies that showcased them. Check out his sleek designs after the jump, and order prints from his website here. … Read More

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Artwork Inspired by the Films of Martin Scorsese

From Taxi Driver to Raging Bull to GoodFellas, few filmmakers have turned out as many influential movies as the great Martin Scorsese — and, come to find out, he’s also inspired plenty of artists from other disciplines. This weekend, San Francisco’s Spoke Art Gallery is presenting Scorsese: An Art Show Tribute, and since they’re honoring the quintessential New York artist, they’ve come east for the occasion. The show, running this weekend only at Chelsea’s Bold Hype Gallery, features work from over 75 painters, sculptors, and screen print artists. But if you can’t make it, don’t worry; Spoke Art has shared a few highlights from the show, including a couple of Flavorwire exclusives. Check them out after the jump. … Read More

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Killer Italian Artwork Inspired by Great American Movies

Italian illustrator and cartoonist Massimo Carnevale has been capturing attention on film blogs all over the world for his beautiful and inventive artwork inspired by scenes from American movies; he makes striking use of color and repurposed iconography, creating works that are both recognizably his and true to the spirit of the films that inspired them. After the jump, join us for a quick stroll past some of our favorites by this prolific artist. … Read More

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The Film Lover’s Guide to Bad Romance

Movies – for better or worse – have set up a lot of standards for what qualifies as romantic, and taught us tricks here and there on how to pull it off ourselves. As much as films have provided positive examples to help demonstrate how to be romantic, there’s also a lot to be learned from its negative examples. After all, as life is prone to mercilessly teaching us, sometimes there are more valuable lessons to be found in doing the wrong thing instead of the right thing. With that in mind, we’ve equally mercilessly gathered together a list of movies that show characters doing all the wrong things. Their helpful demonstrations of ways not to be romantic serve as a guide to what you probably shouldn’t do whilst engaging in the grand affairs of the heart. … Read More

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