As Jeffrey Wells, Academy Award winner Robert DeNiro! And, as The Wall, Academy Award winner Martin Scorsese!
"There can be no legitimate claim of Taxi Driver having been restored without the original natural color (or at least a simulation of same) put back in. The film was shot with more or less natural colors, was intended to be shown this way, and has in fact been shown that way for the last 35 years except for the final shoot-out scene. There's nothing noble or sacred about the look of that final sequence. The fact that it was sepia-toned to get a more acceptable MPAA rating is, I feel, a stain upon the film's legacy."
"I'm presuming that the brown-sepia scheme has been retained in the new restoration. For years Scorsese has said he's against showing the film as originally shot and processed. He's actually defended the brown-sepia tones as being part of the '70s and the climate when the film was released, etc. Taxi Driver's Wiki page says that 'in later interviews Scorsese commented that he was actually pleased by the color changeand he considered it an improvement over the originally filmed scene, which has been lost.'"
"I'm sorry, but the idea of a major director saying that he respects a form of censorship that was imposed upon one of his greatest films has always struck me as surreal, to put it mildly."
Will you join in his crusade?