Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver (1976) is one of the undisputed masterpieces of 1970s American cinema. . . .
lecture: Mark CAMPBELL & Pier Vittorio AURELI, “A Real Rain.”
1.00 p.m. / Lecture Hall
36 Bedford Square
London WC1B 3ES
Saturated in the lurid nocturnal colour of New York, Taxi Driver is steeped in the failures of the period—economic collapse, social ruin, civic disintegration, the Vietnam conflict and the failure of the 1960s counterculture. In this sense, the psychotic ambition of hoping “a real rain will come and wash all this scum off the streets,” as the films protagonist, Travis Bickle, expresses it, prefigures how the repressed might return with apocalyptic force.
This conversation between Pier Vittorio Aureli and Mark Campbell is the first in a series of film commentaries run as part of the Paradise Lost Research Cluster. These discussions explore the intersection of architecture, film and complication. Using Scorsese’s film as a starting point, this conversation will discuss the post-industrial urban disillusionment of the 1970s, exemplified in New York, in addition to the saturated photography of Stephen Shore, transcendental cinema of Kazuo Ozu, abstract photography of Lewis Baltz, and the cinematic expressionism of Scorsese and Paul Schrader.
Mark Campbell is the Director of the Paradise Lost Research Cluster and a member of the Histories and Theories and Design faculties at the Architectural Association.
Pier Vittorio Aureli is a founder of Dogma, a member of the Histories and Theories and Design faculties at the Architectural Association, and the Davenport Visiting Professor of Architecture at Yale University.