(Couldn’t decide if this should go in General Questions or here.)
About five or six years ago I watched Taxi Driver. I’d seen it before, but it had been a while. One scene that really struck me was the one in which DeNiro and the gun dealer have their meeting in a hotel room. Something I hadn’t noticed the first time I saw it, back in the '90s, was that outside the windows of the room are the looming Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. It really undescored the violent subtext of the scene, though of course Scorsese couldn’t have anticipated that when he shot it in 1976.
But then I saw it again last year, and the towers were nowhere to be seen. When I noticed them before, they were unmissable; it looked like they were right across the street from the hotel.
Did I just imagine that the towers were there? It was vivid enough that I wrote a blog entry mentioning it at the time, so that seems unlikely.
Did Scorsese authorize an edited version, having the towers digitaly removed? That seems unlikely too, as I’ve read he was adamant about including the towers in that final scene of Gangs of New York.
When I saw it with the towers, I think it was on cable, but I’m not sure. The version without them was a Blu-Ray DVD.
Anybody know the straight dope?