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Today at 1 PM, as part of its series on New Hollywood cinema, the University of Chicago’s Doc Films will screen Martin Scorsese’s seminal Taxi Driver. For me and many cinephiles I know, Scorsese represents an ideal gateway to the history of movies in America and around the world. He’s an unrepentant movie buff, and his films are imbued with not only his wealth of knowledge but the energy of his fandom. When Scorsese is at his best, there isn’t a better director who expresses what it means to love movies purely and categorically. You can see my five favorite Scorsese films after the jump.