Ideology & “Taxi Driver”
Often conceived as theoretical or artificial thinking about the way things actually exist. When something is portrayed using conceived, personal ideas that do not consider the conditions surrounding what it being portrayed, it may be based on the conceiver’s ideology. An ideology will effect the way we represent the everyday , thereby naturalizing the idealistic views which gives them value to an audience.
A director’s ideology:
Ideology of violence in Martin Scorcese’s “Taxi Driver”
The use of violence in the 1976 film “Taxi Driver” is a clear perception of director Martin Scorcese’s own personal ideology of violence. The film featured scenes of graphic violence and gore.What an audience recognizes as excessive violence gives an idea of their own ideology as limits (what is too much, too little, just right) give a scale of what one/a shared group perceive to be natural. Altho the violence is an on screen terror or blood shed and injury, it is non existent in the viewers real life. A common reaction of the viewer would be to say, “Things like this happen…somewhere…not here, just not what I have seen”. You get a sense that this is Scorsese, he’s more acquainted with acts of violence from his childhood, his background. The night in which these things occur make the viewers not want to go out a night, the place- they don’t want to visit that area, the people- trust no stranger. I’m not clearly saying what it is I want to say but It is important to recognize cinema as an ideology. The director is saying something about characters, people, places, limits and barriers, and what is said can be influential on the viewer but it can merely cause one to question their own moral seating in the world. Often ideology in film is open to critique – no good, no bad- how the viewer decides allows them to learn about themselves.