• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Compare and Analyze the Representation of New York in the films Manhattan and Taxi Driver.

Extracts from this document...


Compare and Analyze the Representation of New York in the films Manhattan and Taxi Driver This essay will be a comparison of "Manhattan" and "Taxi Driver" in the way that they represent New York in the opening scene. The voiceovers in both movies are very different, the only thing they have in common is that both the people speaking have accents only derived from New York. In "Manhattan" the voiceover is very distinct and clear. The voiceover in "Manhattan" is of the main character re-iterating the different beginnings of his latest novel. Whereas in "Taxi Driver" the voiceover is like a diary entry, more casual than informative. Compared to "Manhattan" this is very informative. Therefore showing that "Manhattan" has been created in a tourist brochure type of style. Although everything does seem to be perfect some bad light is shined on the place when Woody Allen says. "The society that has been desensitised by drugs, crime and television". Apart from that the tourist brochure side does really come out, in the way that all the tourist attractions and the good parts of the city are shown. Woody Allen's description of the city also shines light on how wonderful it is to stay and shop there and showing clean streets and happy shoppers throughout the opening scene. Unlike "Manhattan", "Taxi Driver" doesn't a voiceover until Travis Bickle's diary entry. The voiceover for the first coupe of minutes can be classified as the everyday sounds around Travis Bickle. ...read more.


This suggests that it is hard to get a good and officially authorized job. The women you see also act as evidence because they seem to be working on all the corners of the red light district that Travis Bickle decides to drive through. This area is very squalid and all the women are like that too. Seeing this movie from a man's point of view makes the prostitutes look worse than they actually are. Martin Scorcese, the director of "Taxi Driver", makes the movie this way to show how realistic the people in the slums of New York are, furthermore under miming the way "Manhattan" depicts New York and its people. Each film has positive and negative parts in their beginnings. However it seems that "taxi Driver" is mostly negative and for the most part "Manhattan" is positive. "Manhattan" shows the more positive views through the people and the city. You se a big port and tall buildings, trees and lakes exemplifying the great and ambitious aspects of the city. The night life is no different showing an absolutely dissimilar side of New York o that shown in "Taxi Driver". With Broadway shown amongst restaurants and theatres shows people on this side of New York have expensive tastes. You see the New York skyline lit up by the various fireworks going off signifying a mood of celebrating. ...read more.


He is unemployed fresh out of the marines and doesn't seem to have much money. He lives in a dingy flat with bars on the windows and the employer he goes to see ahs a lot of people in with illegal dealings asking for jobs. Yet on the other hand as "Manhattan" only gives you brief views of places and doesn't go into that much detail. So you cannot see how the people you encounter live their lives. So I would say that "Taxi Driver" is realistic in the way that it brings out the character Travis Bickle adapting to his surroundings. You can tell this by his sort of uncaring attitude which matches that of the places he goes around. The way that "Manhattan" shows its realism is the way the people are around the camera. They seem to be getting on without bothering about anyone else which is what most people that might expect New York to be like. Also that the nightlife seems expensive and enjoyable, this is how tourist brochures would describe the town as well. In conclusion I would say that the two ways that New York is portrayed in these movies are similar in certain aspects. Although most of the values that both movies have that seem to make them popular to watch are entirely different. They both have intriguing and outstanding views with New York make both of these movies a must see and have a very high status in the movie ratings. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Films section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Films essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    Analysis of the representation of African-American Women in The Color Purple (1985) and For ...

    5 star(s)

    Colored Girls", his 2010 film adaptation of the Ntozake Shange's 'choreopoem' "For Colored Girls Who Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf". Stated to be a 'tragic and sensuous hybrid of poetry, dance, drama and feminist theology' - it even has been called the most important work about black female identity ever.

  2. Looking at two films studies, compare and contrast their representation of the future (Planet ...

    When these are broken down, comparisons that are more literal can be made, not just between the visions of the future but between the technical aspects of the film and why these are relevant. For example, we, the audience, can look at the type of shots the director's used and why.

  1. Compare the movies 'Taxi Driver' and 'Manhattan'

    They skilfully evoke reactions of disgust or a desire for more. In 'Manhattan' we are greeted with a vast sense of movement and energy, whereas 'Taxi Driver' has all the time in the world to create an overwhelming sense of discomfort, achieved by an enclosed, yet twisted environment.

  2. American Beauty

    The scene concludes with a dynamic shot of Lester apologizing to Angela and, for the first time in this scene, they are scene in the same frame. This time, Lester is given the higher position in the frame.

  1. Many violent films are box office hits. What is so good or bad about ...

    At one point in the film, when Ting is about to fight his rival for the second time, there is a close up of his body and low-key lighting is used. This lets the audience see the definition of his body and appreciate the extent to which he is strong.

  2. The Passion of Blasphemy: A study of the representation of Christian figure head Jesus ...

    it lampoons the practices of modern religion, however, it does not lampoon the god that Christians worship and therefore is not blasphemous. Where Jesus does appear in the film (as he does on two occasions) he is depicted according to Christian beliefs and is distinct from the character of Brian.

  1. Describe and analyze the Peugeot 306 television commercial, and how it's persuasive.

    We get a close up the sponge as the man wipes of the car in a slow, sexual way with soap drizzling from it adding to the sexy image. The man and woman stand around for a while giving each other 'the look', this begins with an over the shoulder

  2. Analysis of the Representation of Ethnic Minorities in "Training Day" and "Se7en"

    A number of black men don?t have appropriate role models to look up to, speak to, and/or imitate. Within a few minutes of being in Alonzo?s house, his son is found sleeping next to Jake. This could suggest superiority of the white race where white people have the ability to

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work