Robert Barnett of MusicWeb International has said that it contrasts deep, sleazy noises, representing the "scum" that Travis sees all over the city, with the saxophone, a musical counterpart to Travis, creating a mellifluously disenchanted troubadour. Barnett also observes that the opposing noises in the soundtrack—gritty little harp figures, hard as shards of steel, as well as a jazz drum kit placing the drama in the city—are indicative of loneliness in the midst of mobs of people. Deep brass and woodwinds are also evident. Barnett heard in the drumbeat a wild-eyed martial air charting the pressure on Bickle, who is increasingly oppressed by the corruption around him, and that the harp, drum, and saxophone play significant roles in the music. In the special-edition DVD, Michael Chapman , the film's cinematographer, regrets the decision and the fact that no print with the unmuted colors exists anymore, as the originals had long since deteriorated.
Here, culled from some of the many things that have been written about the film, are a handful of tidbits you may not have known. Paul Schrader was raised by strict Calvinist parents, so movies were forbidden in the Schrader household. As for what he thought of the Disney flick, Schrader confessed: While in New York for pre-production and cast meetings, Schrader was moping in a bar late one night when he picked up a young woman. Will you please join us?
But another, no less enduring element of the film is its iconic costume design. Foster, however, a self-proclaimed tomboy, was far more upset by her wardrobe than the complexities of her role. It was everything I hated. Her style is playful and Lolita-esque; part adult, part child.