Saturday, April 16, 2016

N is for Nihilism

It's April and that means the A to Z Blogging Challenge! This year my theme is film terms.


Robert De Niro in Taxi Driver.

A nihilistic film is dark and brooding with cynical and gloomy overtones. It deals with death, suffering, tragedy and existential despair. The protagonist often meets with death or tragedy in a film's conclusion.

One example is Taxi Driver (1976). Travis Bickle is a tragic figure, isolated and alone. Although he tries to lead a normal life, his rage against humanity explodes in violence and death.  


8 comments:

  1. Hello, thanks for stopping by! Happy blogging!

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  2. A fan of Robert de Niro but not of nihilistic films! Well done on keeping up with your A-Z posts.

    Nilanjana
    Madly-in-Verse

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    1. Nilanjana, like DeNiro as well. I was suprrised to see him so many comedies lately.

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  3. Love De Niro in Taxi Driver. He's so deliciously creepy.

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    1. Kate, yes he was excellent in this role.

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  4. I've never seen Taxi Driver...there were a lot of gloomy films back then, I've noticed!

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    1. True. Martin Scorsese is known for those kinds of movies. I call it Violent Realism.

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