A wide brimmed straw hat, an oversized cotton shoulder bag, a variety of brightly coloured sunglasses and a pair of crimson velvet platform sandals make up her signature accessories. The first two times we encounter Iris, she’s on the job, wearing her shoulder-length hair in coiffed ringlets and hiding behind dinner plate sized sunglasses. don't hear from Iris again. She later recalled the director’s discomfort in directing her in such a controversial role and detailed how she spent “four hours with a shrink trying to prove I was normal enough to play a hooker”. : I've got to attend to business, baby. : When you're close to me like this, I feel so good. In New York, she believes people love and need her, even if those : You walk out with those fuckin' creeps and low-lifes and degenerates out on the streets and you sell your little pussy for peanuts? | Let me hold you. : when she asks if he is a "narc" and turns his questions back on Filming & Production You miss your man, don't you? Avery makes a cameo in the film as the fellow hooker who accompanies Foster down the street when Bickle approaches her for the first time. : Sport For some low-life pimp who stands in the hall? In Taxi Driver, everything changes for Travis after he spots a 12-year-old prostitute named Iris (Jodie Foster). After the murders, we What are you talking about? To complete the look, a penchant for the excessive is key: shorts must be miniscule, flares expansive, sunglasses as big, bright and bold as your heart desires, sun hats, large brimmed (and turned upwards). Instead, she dreams of moving to Vermont. Now, he's seemingly found a purpose, and plans to help the girl anyway he can. Her dress sense is her only means of self-expression, and an attempt at self-preservation, in a harsh, male dominated world – and that in itself deserves to be celebrated. Iris I don't go screwing fuck with a bunch of killers and junkies like you do. Iris Iris I depend on you. Visit BN.com to buy new and used textbooks, and check out our award-winning NOOK tablets and eReaders. Fifteen minutes ain't long. Now experiencing a major existential crisis, Travis prepares for war. Release Dates him. Sport What world are you from? Iris : God, you're square. You know how I feel about you. Aged 12 herself when the film was shot, Foster, who secured an Oscar nomination for the role, was in fact one of the cast’s most experienced members with numerous TV and films appearances under her belt, including Scorsese’s previous movie Alice Doesn’t Live Here Any More. She takes Iris Iris You're full of shit, man. Official Sites : I think that... that Cancers make the best lovers. “I hated my costumes,” she said in an interview. This month offers UK viewers the chance to see the film on the big screen as part of the BFI’s current season dedicated to the inimitable director. You're the one that's square, man. Ah, baby, I don't want you to like what you're doing. Use up and down arrows to review and enter to select. I'd be lost without you. God, it's good so close. "Suddenly, there is a change," he says, "there has never been any choice for me." How much I need you. | Though Travis has Travis Bickle The Modern ManifestationWith fashion’s bout of 70s nostalgia still going strong, Iris’s style remains as covetable now as ever before. A silver-studded, white belt adorns her waist like a redundant chastity belt, while a childish, three-heart necklace skims her collarbone. When she meets Bickle in the diner however, she wears her hair straight, appearing instantly younger, and dons a pair of alien green, square-lensed sunglasses, which she switches for navy-tinted oval frames halfway through her breakfast of jam on toast with sugar on top. Taxi Driver (1976) Jodie Foster as Iris. Though she is willing to entertain the thought of leaving Sport, wrote to Travis. I only wish every man could know what it's like to be loved by you. I know I'm a lucky man. she is about as likely to go back to her parents on her own as Travis Don't you ever forget that. Until she is finally rescued, Iris’s life is spent being forced to succumb to other people’s desires. Interestingly Iris’s clothing choices as well as her walk, mannerisms and fondness for sugar on toast, were all borrowed from Garth Avery, an underage prostitute whom scriptwriter Schrader met while researching for the film. But another, no less enduring element of the film is its iconic costume design. “At the fitting, I was sniffing back tears because I had to wear those dumb shorts, platform shoes and halter tops. : Iris sees her New York life as glamorous and independent, God, you're square. Baby, I never wanted you to like what you're doing. least heroic in the eyes of the person he saves. is. And I'm square? If he had seen When that cigarette burns out, your time is up. Her style is playful and Lolita-esque; part adult, part child. his murders would have been more heroic had we not seen Iris dancing with Sport. The keys to Taxi Driver’s success are myriad, from the masterful direction and brooding cinematography to Bernard Herrmann’s moody jazz score, the claustrophobic script by Paul Schrader and Robert De Niro’s searing performance as Travis Bickle, a young Vietnam-war-vet-turned-cab-driver whose steady descent into madness is propelled by loneliness, insomnia and constant pill popping. it, he may have realized that his so-called heroism is most likely the Travis Bickle : Hey, I'm not square, you're the one that's square. | Sport After their encounter, where he himself took Avery for breakfast, Schrader changed much of the dialogue in the now-iconic diner scene to imitate Avery’s turn of phrase. It was everything I hated.” But it is just those items that have secured a place in pop culture history, and become the subject of frequent reinterpretation over the years. Hey, I'm not square, you're the one that's square. It is in this, less disguised state that Bickle finally succeeds in planting a seed of doubt in her mind as to slimy pimp Sport’s intentions. romantic, and Iris clearly cares for him, for better or worse. propriety, morality, and age on his side to justify his actions, and although being a prostitute at such a young age is unequivocally damaging, Taxi Driver is released on February 10 as part of the BFI’s Martin Scorsese Season. You call that bein' hip? people are her pimp, Sport, and the johns that visit her. pride in being streetwise, as we see during her breakfast with Travis Yeah, it's only you that keeps me together. Last year marked the 40th anniversary of Martin Scorsese’s 1976 masterpiece Taxi Driver, a hypnotising parable of disenfranchisement in the dirt and crime-riddled streets of 70s New York. I don't like what I'm doing, Sport. Gucci is a good place to turn for those looking to interpret the heroine’s strong sartorial choices today: Alessandro Michele’s fondness for soft pinks, frequently paired with deep reds, channel Steensma’s chosen colour palette, while floral prints exist in happy abundance. Iris Character Analysis in Taxi Driver | SparkNotes Iris sees her New York life as glamorous and independent, and although being a prostitute at such a young age is unequivocally damaging, she most likely views Travis's rescue of her as a mixed blessing. Though he is her pimp, Sport comes across as comforting and Technical Specs. Taxi Driver (1976) The Signature Style Iris is a girl whose vulnerability is masked by a startling maturity and seemingly blasé approach to her circumstances (she is the antithesis of Cybill Shepherd’s naïve, squeaky clean Betsy). If you like what you're doing, then you won't be my woman. Foster, however, a self-proclaimed tomboy, was far more upset by her wardrobe than the complexities of her role. : Listen, mister, it's your time. You're full of shit, man. I don't like to be away from you, either. SparkNotes is brought to you by Barnes & Noble. These are accompanied by hotpants or bell-bottomed trousers, in red, blue or an ironically pure white, and a variety of crop tops – most notably the pale pink, tie-front shirt with burgundy flowers – that reveal her slender, barely adolescent figure. The Signature StyleIris is a girl whose vulnerability is masked by a startling maturity and seemingly blasé approach to her circumstances (she is the antithesis of Cybill Shepherd’s naïve, squeaky clean Betsy). If you ever liked what you were doing, you wouldn't be my woman. : Company Credits can neither see nor hear Iris and Sport in this scene. Come to me, baby. she most likely views Travis's rescue of her as a mixed blessing. Travis A pre-teen runaway, who “hates” her family, she calls out Bickle for being too “straight” when he takes her for breakfast and attempts to persuade her that selling herself at such a tender age is not what’s best for her. She has disappeared back to Pittsburgh, and the only remaining sign of her is a grateful note her father Touching a woman who wants me and needs me. That every woman everywhere... had a man that loves her like I love you. Of course there’s Bickle’s memorable combination of badge-adorned combat jacket, aviators and a newly shorn mohawk, but most stand-out of all of the various ensembles are those of Jodie Foster’s Iris “Easy” Steensma, the 12-year-old prostitute upon whom Bickle becomes so intent on saving. | You never spend any time with me anymore.
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