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An emotionally self-destructive boxer's journey through life, as the violence and temper that leads him to the top in the ring, destroys his life outside it.
When Jake LaMotta steps into a boxing ring and obliterates his opponent, he's a prizefighter. But when he treats his family and friends the same way, he's a ticking time bomb, ready to go off at any moment. Though LaMotta wants his family's love, something always seems to come between them. Perhaps it's his violent bouts of paranoia and jealousy. This kind of rage helped make him a champ, but in real life, he winds up in the ring alone.
Martin Scorsese's films very often take on the body, mind and soul of their leads, which make them that much more fascinating. When that lead is spiraling into madness, the film becomes this for us to unravel; when they're cocky and banal, the film is this; when they're lusting for a continuation of a thrill when it's gone far wrong, the film is this bordering depletion of fun. For Raging Bull, self-destruction has rarely been this hard to take on screen, but this hard to turn away from at the same time.
The film is inside the mind of Jake LaMotta and loathing it, just as he loathes himself. The misogyny, brutality, jealousy, distorted self-imagery, carelessness and behind it all,…
"Raging Bull" is a cinematic art at it's highest form, a tone poem, a character study, and a biography all flawlessly rolled into majestic package.
Throughout the entire film the acting is simply impeccable, De Niro and Pesci are both stunning. The fight scenes are famous for their brutal realism and it's easy to see why. Scorsese puts you right in the ring with the fighters and you can't help but admire their technical brilliance.
"Raging Bull" is a masterpiece and definitely a cinematic gem in black and white.
The most frightening thing about Jake LaMotta isn’t his rage. It’s that look in his eyes when he’s caught onto something, when he thinks he has somebody cornered. He latches on to a sentence, or a phrase, and then he repeats it over and over until it starts to take on a different meaning for everybody in the room. He makes himself believe things that aren’t true, perhaps because he wants these things to be true, because he wants to punish himself. But why?
"You ever think of anybody else when we're in bed?"
Raging Bull explores the classic Madonna-whore complex: a man falls in love with a woman, and as soon as he touches her, he realizes that other…
I thought LaMotta was gonna unzip his pants at the end and pull out a giant fake cock.
Kind of overrated if you ask me. Great performance from De Niro though. I just didn't find it that interesting or engaging. It was good, but one of the best movies of all time? I think not.
"The thing ain't the ring, it's the play. So give me a... stage where this bull here can rage and though I could fight I'd much rather recite... that's entertainment."
In 1976 Martin Scorsese teamed up with Robert De Niro and screenwriter Paul Schrader to deliver what in my opinion is one of his best films: Taxi Driver. That year that complex character study lost out on the Oscar to Stallone's Rocky. So what does Scorsese do next? He directs a real boxing movie with another memorable and complex character played by Robert De Niro making Rocky look like a cartoon character. Don't get me wrong, I loved Rocky, but Jake La Motta is a character that feels much more…
I will argue with anyone who says there is a better sports movie than this. Unless you bring up Lucas...then you may have a good argument.
Great film, very moving. One of the best performances by Deniro I have seen.
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Overall Enjoyment 8/10
Masculinity is man's tragic flaw. Martin Scorsese & Robert DeNiro bring us the story of real life boxer Jake Lamotta. An alhpa male whose animalistic instincts bring him success and destroy the lives of anyone who nears the cage. Sometimes the only one standing in the way of happiness is ourselves, and we're left to face our demons alone. Simply one of the greatest films ever made.
A great character study from director Martin Scorsese.
Robert DeNiro gives the best performance ever. I cried.
great to revisit this one after a couple years. never fails to be a haunting, expertly directed and acted masterpiece.
Qué se puede decir de una película tan genial que sentía que se adentraba en mi y colmaba con sus escenas todo mi cerebro?
(Sé que tal vez piensas que no la vi lo suficientemente bien, Lobo, pero igual sentía la película y sobre todo a Jake LaMotta).
Desde el comienzo se empieza con violencia dentro y fuera del ring -sentí que en honor al título. Pero es que Jake LaMotta, un personaje tan realista y humano, está rodeado de violencia, desde sus orígenes, los que lo rodean, su profesión y hasta él mismo. Y aún así el intenta alejarse de ello y tener el control y sin embargo termina guiándose hacia un final nostálgico, aludiendo a una escena de…
It's true what they say about this movie: It's a filmmaker's movie. Brilliantly executed but wow Jake LaMotta has to be the most unlikable protagonist I've ever seen. Just didn't really enjoy myself and felt disgusted.
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