In Michel Gondry’s Be Kind Rewind, Mos Def and Jack Black produce homemade recreations of Hollywood blockbusters where multi-million dollar special effects are replaced with rudimentary arts and crafts. You got a sense while watching it that Gondry was more at home directing those lo-fi reproductions than he was with the rest of the movie that surrounded them. It’s no surprise then that Gondry directed and starred in a wonderful low-budget version of Taxi Driver that was played before the French premiere of Martin Scorsese’s Hugo.
Indiewire pointed us to the homage, and we highly recommended you watch it here. It’s in French, but there are English subtitles. Besides, if you have ever seen Taxi Driver, you will know exactly what scenes are being re-crafted through the eyes of a movie lover who has nothing more than some cardboard, paint, and colored pencils--each used in ways you won’t expect.
We wish Gondry would direct these kinds of remakes more often, which is the same exact feeling we got after Be Kind Rewind. Until then, we’ll just watch this Taxi Driver short on repeat.