i asked a taxi driver friend of mine* what is his favourite movie scene featuring a taxi.
and if you think about it for a second there are a lot to choose from!
while Pulp Fiction's scene with Bruce Willis is terrifically film noir (like an early version of the entire style of Sin City) complete with postmodern fake backdrop in the rear window, for me Breakfast at Tiffany's end of movie taxi ride with Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard is too romantic not to be my favourite!
his favourite was at the beginning of North by Northwest - he says the background is in 'real time' - everything you see out of the window - you should be seeing if you'd taken the same journey! that's pretty impressive considering the age of the movie. I've not seen it recently but will look out for it now - and that taxi scene!
if you think about it a taxi ride is a great narrative tool for a movie. it gets your character from point a in the story to point b without any loss of 'actual time' so enhancing the reality of your story. maybe i should make a film about taxis.
i think i'm becoming obsessed! i just love how much life taxi drivers witness. i'm so jealous! but i guess i'd get bored after a while. life does that to ya. it's like my job is fun, creative and better than any other type of job i ever did. but one too many difficult clients and it takes the fun, creativity and memory of all those rubbish jobs away! haha
we need to all appreciate what we got in this world cos i know i'm glad i am healthy, loved and have the opportunity to do a fun job! amen brothers and sisters!
don't worry... i'm not getting all pious on you, but we all know that we usually don't appreciate what we got til it's gone, so every now and again take a moment to think about the good stuff.
then you can go back to that very human trait of grumbling about the job, the weather, the price of property etc etc!
*you can read his blog here.