recently he was saying how the ending of Taxi Driver always bothered him. Spoilers
will follow for anyone who hasn't seen the film.
Mr. Wells thinks that Travis dies at the end and that the last sequence, with the news-
paper stories and the letter from Iris' parents and the visit from Betsy, is a complete
wish-fulfillment fantasy on the part of Travis as he lay dying from his gunshot wounds.
He points out that, after he drops Betsy off, there's a shot of Travis's reflection in the
cab's rearview mirror, and then it suddenly disappears, and Mr. Wells says that's be-
cause Travis isn't there. Now, I didn't remember that last shot, and I hadn't seen
Taxi Driver in about four years. So I put it in my DVD player, and he's right about
that shot. I'm just wondering what others think about this. I had always believed
that the ending was some kind of ironic comment by Scorsese and/or Schrader on
the glorification by the media on someone who is actually a psychopath. But maybe
I'm wrong and Mr. Wells is right. I'd be interested to see what others think. Thanks.