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Baker's Dozen

Pieces Of Life: Gaspar Noé's Favourite Films
Patrick Clarke , May 13th, 2022 08:01

On the release of his new film Vortex, Gaspar Noé takes Patrick Clarke through an intense and adventurous Baker's Dozen of favourite films, and the lessons they've taught him on the extent of human cruelty and the joy of shocking an audience


Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese, 1976)

When I released I Stand Alone in 1998, many people compared it to Taxi Driver, probably because it’s about a lonely loser, and there is a voiceover. But if it was inspired by Taxi Driver, it was not in a conscious way, apart from when he goes to see a porn movie.

There is something in Taxi Driver that talks to me a lot, though. There are two characters in movies that I wish I could be, the astronaut in 2001 and Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver. For me he’s a superhero, or a super antihero, that I wish I was. I really like the performance of De Niro. I’m usually more obsessed by the directors than the actors of movies, but in the case of Taxi Driver, all is one – the story, Scorsese and De Niro. Along with Four Months, Three Weeks And Two Days, those are my two favourite Cannes Palme D’Or winners.