Taxi Driver, now considered a masterpiece, was a box office flop.
As a result, Scorsese tried something completely different.
His next movie was New York, New York, a musical with a light-hearted tone (as opposed to the dark, high-concept Taxi Driver).
It was also a huge flop – critically and commercially.
Severely depressed and unsure of himself, Scorsese delved further into a drug addiction that started after Taxi Driver’s “failure.”Continue reading →