Then I hit on it: Jodi Foster. The quintessential 1970s teenager, she was everything me and my girlfriends wanted to be: Beautiful, talented, famous, and whip smart. We drank Jodi Foster films: The Little Girl Who Lived Down the Lane, Foxes, Freaky Friday, and even the utterly bizarre, flirting-with-the-edge-of-creepy, Bugsy Malone.
Then there was Taxi Driver. Which doesn't need any explanation or introduction. If you haven't seen it, shame on you. If you have, you know what I'm talking about. I'm not sure any filmmaker could get away today with what Scorsese did then. Or if any other actress could have handled the role of Iris, the 12-year-old prostitute, with such self possession. Foster somehow managed to turn in a performance both disturbing and poignant. Interesting side note: Scorsese originally wanted Melanie Griffith for the part. I think he chose the right girl.
There isn't a decent clip of any of these movies to be had on YouTube. This is about as close as it gets and the quality sucks.
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