There are several reasons why the portion of Hollywood Frame by Frame dedicated to Martin Scorcese’s 1976 drama Taxi Driver jumps out.
1) The featured contact sheet is the work of famed photog Steve Schapiro.
2) The 34 thumbnails abut Robert De Niro’s famous “You talkin’ to me?” speech which, as the New York Daily News was first to reveal a few years ago, was inspired by some Bruce Springsteen concert patter.
3) Yellow marks designate the handful of pictures flagged by Columbia for marketing purposes, allowing the reader to playfully determine whether those are the ones they would have picked.
As a reminder that not all Tinseltown contact sheets are equal, the shots shared a few pages later from another iconic mid-1970s New York-set film, Annie Hall, are muddy and disappointing. But that’s the nature of this overall very satisfying scavenger hunt.
The book, conceived by Katie Greenwood and annotated by former L.A. Weekly film critic Karina Longworth, is divided into three sections covering Hollywood’s Golden Age, the rebirth of American cinema in the 1970s and more recent fare like The Silence of the Lambs. It’s a fantastic holiday season gift for the cinephile(s) on your list. A book where a quick, random open can reward the reader with Marilyn Monroe from Some Like It Hot, Audrey Hepburn in full Breakfast at Tiffany’s mode and more.
Hollywood Frame by Frame arrives in bookstores Oct. 7.
Jacket cover courtesy: Princeton Architectural Press