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The film Taxi Driver includes a range of techniques which fit the categories of realism and expressionism The film takes its peculiar over-all feel from the combination of the various techniques used Taxi Driver is a film that leans towards expressionism The directors major concern is with the characters psychological truths which he conveys using techniques that distort the viewers perception of the material world He uses a high degree of manipulation of reforming reality often the shots are not realistic Many of the shots that are used are from angles that we wouldnt get in everyday experiences There is a section where Travis the main character is thinking while driving his taxi We see him from outside the car looking inwards with the street lights going past in the background -- which creates a lot of background movement the picture moves quickly and is disorientating as if reflecting Travis inner turmoil Shallow focus is also used frequently faces in a crowd or in a movie cinema are out of focus unless related to the main characters thoughts in some way The way that the director uses audio is also non-realistic when Travis goes off into his own world of contemplation the camera still shows whats going on around him but we get a narrative of some of what he is thinking and atmos sound stops so what we are seeing becomes rather surreal The audiences view is narrowed by the camera angle we see only what the character perceives In one scene Travis spaces out over his medication the camera shows only the drink but we can still hear the conversation going on around him Music is also used in an expressionistic way in some scenes the music used creates a mood contrary to the one portrayed by the camera In one scene Travis is at home sitting on his couch contemplating what he has seen The shot is
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