I bet you have seen Easy Rider (1969) by Dennis Hoper, an iconic road movie. The plot of the film seems to be quite simple and it depicts a trip of two friends traveling around America. They are hippies and they are quite independent. Not many appreciated it at the time. Independence? No, never! It was the initial idea of the creators to show the social differences existing in America of the 1960s. America is depicted as pretty traditional and conservative country where people do not accept independence and freedom in a manner declared by hippies. By the way the film gained its recognition due to use of real marijuana and uncensored depiction of nudity and sex. Supposedly Easy Rider was a “touchstone for a generation”. I think that this movie is still iconic and relevant even today.
Taxi is the type of transport that could be found everywhere all over the world. So let’s see what peculiarities of the most convenient way of transportation are there in different countries?
In London the taxi cars are called “cabs”. Their history begins with the horse cabriolet which carried the passengers had two wheels and were open-top. The contracted form of the word “cabriolet” was “cab” and remains to be widespread nowadays. In the year 1891 Wilhelm Brune invented the first taximeter, a device to control the price of the ride. But the word “taxi” derived from the name of the device hasn’t become popular in Britain.
The London cabs are manufactured by such companies as Hooper, London Taxi International and Asquinth. To make the cars more noticeable they are painted black and decorated with the logos and aerography.
The taxi in New York is famous for it bright yellow cars. The passengers are usually not allowed to take the seat next to the driver. The driver cabin is detached from the passenger one by the bulletproof glass. The taxi drivers are emigrants wearing keffiyeh or turbans as a rule. It’s interesting that the illegal taxi is called here “gypsy cab”.