Book + Film Club April: Speculations on Taxi Driver

On every street in every city, there's a nobody who dreams of being a somebody.

Martin Scorsese

Sidewalk’s Book + Film Club unites movie and book lovers for a monthly film screening and discussion about famous films and the people who make them. At the end of the month, we host a screening of a film related to the book and host a round-table discussion. Each session is $35 and the includes book, film screening, and discussion. Buy 3 or more months at once and get 10% off your registration by using code ‘3ormore' at checkout!

  • Registration Deadline to have books mailed: Friday, April 5. Books will be mailed within 72 hours of this date.

    Registration Deadline to have books picked up: Monday, April 15th. Books can be picked up from our Box Office during our regular operating hours Thursday – Sunday from 2pm til Close. You will receive an email when your book is ready to be picked up.

    Book: Cinema Speculation by Quentin Tarantino

    Organized around key American films from the 1970s, all of which [Tarantino] first saw as a young moviegoer at the time, this book is as intellectually rigorous and insightful as it is rollicking and entertaining. At once film criticism, film theory, a feat of reporting, and wonderful personal history, it is all written in the singular voice recognizable immediately as QT’s and with the rare perspective about cinema possible only from one of the greatest practitioners of the artform ever.

    Film: Taxi Driver (1976) Dir. Martin Scorsese

    “”Taxi Driver” is a brilliant nightmare and like all nightmares it doesn’t tell us half of what we want to know. We’re not told where Travis comes from, what his specific problems are, whether his ugly scar came from Vietnam — because this isn’t a case study, but a portrait of some days in his life. The film’s a masterpiece of suggestive characterization; Scorsese’s style selects details that evoke emotions, and that’s the effect he wants. The performances are odd and compelling: He goes for moments from his actors, rather than slowly developed characters. It’s as if the required emotions were written in the margins of their scripts: Give me anger, fear, dread.” – Roger Ebert



Martin Scorsese


Michael Phillips


Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Cybill Shepherd, Harvey Keitel, Peter Boyle, Leonard Harris


Bernard Herrmann