Rebellion in "Taxi Driver" and "Bonnie and Clyde" Rebellion is a common and much used theme in film. It takes many forms and it is sometimes aimed at a specific aspect of our society but it can be more universal. Often, it is an essential part of the coming of age story. Filmmakers have frequently used it as a way to express and reflect upon the current political and social atmosphere. Two such movies that embody the idea of rebellion against the ‘establishment’ are Taxi Driver and Bonnie and Clyde. In Taxi Driver, Travis is a lonely, alienated Vietnam vet who suffers from insomnia and despises the world he is living in. Driving a taxi- cab at night in New York, he only encounters the seedy aspect of the city: crime, prostitution, and...The end:
.....t escape, while Bonnie and Clyde rebel against the safe and civilized, yet constraining mainstream society. The price of Travis’s rebellion is that he is now fully a part of the society he hates; for Bonnie and Clyde the cost is their lives and, particularly on the part of Bonnie, an earlier premonition mixed with regret. Yet, the film- maker portrayal of these rebellions are very successful, as they both touch upon the universal theme of alienation and the thin line between discontent and rebellion; individuality and savagery. Works Cited Taxi Driver. Dir. Martin Scorcese . Perf . Robert de Niro , Jodi Foster. Columbia Tri-Star, 1999. DVD. Bonnie and Clyde. Dir. Arthur Penn. Perf . Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway. Warner Home Video, 1999. DVD.