Coinciding with the release of his new film, Silence, and the BFI’s major Scorsese retrospective (Jan – Feb 2017), we present one of his most iconic works with a live score for the first ever time.
Set against a lurid cinematic vision of New York, DeNiro’s Travis Bickle is the taxi driver who becomes lost, isolated and alienated as he struggles to connect with the city he can’t understand. Bernard Herrmann’s score brings together old and new Hollywood, with brooding, shifting chords, an ominous drum beat, a soaring saxophone melody. Herrmann’s glorious last film score, delivered the night before he died, provides an eloquent, nightmarish texture to Scorsese’s hellish portrait of 70s Manhattan.
Presented by Southbank Centre and BFI. The performance will be introduced from the stage by Bernard Herrmann's widow, Mrs Norma Herrmann.
USA, 1976, 113 mins, dir Martin Scorsese, with Robert DeNiro, Cybil Shepherd, Jodie Foster, Harvey Keitel
Presented by arrangement with Sony Pictures & Park Circus Films.
With thanks to the Bernard Herrmann Estate.
PerformersBBC Concert Orchestra
Robert Ziegler, conductor, curator
RepertoireBernard Herrmann: Taxi Driver - film score
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