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Restored ‘Taxi Driver’ to preem in Berlin

Paul Schrader to present new 4K copy

BERLIN — The Berlinale is continuing its tradition of presenting restored masterpieces in the Berlinale Special section with a newly restored version of Martin Scorsese’s “Taxi Driver.”

Writer and director Paul Schrader, who wrote the screenplay for “Taxi Driver,” will present the restored version at the world premiere in Berlin along with Sony restoration guru Grover Crisp, who oversaw the project.

During the digital restoration of the 1976 classic, the original 35mm negative was scanned at 4K resolution. A Barco projector will make it possible to show the Columbia Pictures release in 4K quality.

The film, relating the story of a disturbed Vietnam vet (Robert De Niro) looking to clean New York of sleaze, won Cannes’ Palme d’Or.

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