He finally found work as a taxi dancer
(a paid dance partner) at Maxim's Restaurant-Cabaret.
Writing a letter a day to his parents for 18 months, he described in novelistic detail such actions as chauffeuring around Life reporter Teddy White, who later became a chronicler of presidents; driving blithely across a booby-trapped air field in Kweiyang; and living in liberated Shanghai, where he fell in love with a Jewish refugee taxi dancer
Butterfly) mentored him on this romantic drama between a Filipino immigrant and an American taxi dancer
in Depression-era California.
It replaced Fellini's waif-like Italian prostitute with the equally waif-like New York taxi dancer
Charity Hope Valentine, whose day-to-day existence is sketched out right at the top of the show:
Phuong (Do Thi Hal Yen) is patient: The exquisite former taxi dancer
has dealt with drunkards and other things far worse than a would-be gallant with two left feet.
As the film opens we see him called to identify the body of Alden Pyle (Brendan Fraser), the quiet American of the title, his friend and romantic rival for the love of Phuong (Hai Yen Do) - the girl he'd taken from life as a taxi dancer
to become his mistress.
With his pen, Pai portrays the big and small characters of his time, from taxi dancer
to opera singer, from professor to air-force pilot, from street peddler to noodle-shop owner, and so on.
According to Pontecorvo, Oliver Stone's Natural Born Killers, and Alexander Rockwell's Taxi Dancer
are among the Hollywood films in competition.
The unnamed narrator--variously called "the butterfly boy," "the journalist," "the husband"--moves through different sorts of jungles, some literal, some metaphorical, so lonely and so anxious to be happy that he can't help but fall in love with almost any woman he meets, beginning with a girl who defended him from the school bully, continuing with a lesbian met on a train to Istanbul, and finally a Cambodian whore named Vanna, an illiterate taxi dancer
with whom he can't even converse.
Inspired by the prostitute of Fellini's ``Nights of Cabiria,'' the Americanized version written by Neil Simon is a smart-mouthed taxi dancer
so aching for love that she practically has whiplash from a lifetime spent turning the other cheek.
The vulnerability at the heart of the women (we would now call them sex workers) she played--the businesslike devil's advocate Lola, the worn-down prostitute Anna in New Girl in Town, the ever-hopeful taxi dancer
Charity and even the brassy, hardened adulteress Roxie--was the secret weapon with which Verdon conquered Broadway.
Charity, seeking nothing but love and a way out of her life at the Fan-Dango ballroom, hooks up with a series of losers and endures several misadventures before falling for tax accountant Oscar.