With questionable weather upon us this weekend, we’re taking this as an opportunity to feature two of film’s most memorable pessimists:
Travis Bickle, is a taxi driver running the hardest routes of New York City. Jep Gambardella, is a resident loafer and King of Rome’s nightlife. Both are in search of purpose somewhere between the inconstant beauty and wretched squalor of life.
A mentally unstable Vietnam war veteran works as a night-time taxi driver in New York City where the perceived decadence and sleaze feeds his urge for violent action, attempting to save a teenage prostitute in the process.
For decades, journalist Jep Gambardella has charmed and seduced his way through the glittering nightlife of Rome. Since the legendary success of his only novel, he has been a permanent fixture in the city’s literary and elite social circles. But on his sixty-fifth birthday, Jep unexpectedly finds himself taking stock of his life, turning his cutting wit on himself and his contemporaries.
Academy Award Winner – Oscar, Best Foreign Language Film, 2014 .