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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 feel bad because i didn't really loooove it so much, maybe because the character was annoying and treated women like shit. but i'm not gonna deny that it's one of scorsese's best works: photography, how the character was carried out throughout the storyline and excellent robert de niro's perfomance. much different what i saw of him so far, scorsese can only do this!
Classic boxing story with strong noir roots, with a terrifying sound design, stunning low key lighting and one of Bobbies best performances. Glad to have been putting off this beauty until now. Martin is bae x
Someone once told me "RAGING BULL isn't a movie. It's too good to be a movie. It's an opera!"
I think that's a nice way of putting it. There's something about RAGING BULL that feels like it transcends a normal movie. It is naked, raw, broad in every emotion. Michael Chapman's black and white cinematography makes the film seem timeless, or rather, disembodied from time. It's not a film of any era but for all eras. Thelma Schoonmaker, in her first collaboration with Scorsese, edits footage that is very rough with poetic grace. The boxing scenes are violently beautiful, but in fact, the entire film is beautiful. The heavily improvised dialog gives it the neorealist feel of a Vittoria De…
every boxing scene was perfect and I really enjoyed the whole story
I've been reading "Easy Riders, Raging Bulls", which is about how 20th century European film movements (particularly French new wave) really influenced American cinema and transformed Hollywood as a whole through the lenses of young, new-age directors like Scorcese. I had to watch this before I finished the book, and it's really Scorcese at his best, De Niro at his best too. It's crazy that Scorcese didn't want to do it at first because he was too preoccupied with "auteurship", but we often don't find success by traveling a straight path.
A masterpiece like only Scorsese could direct.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
-amazing acting by deniro as usual
-his character is so interesting and seeing all his inner demons and conflicts destroy him is amazing
-the editing was really cool especially in the fights
-the fights were great, even in modern day standards
Don't watch this movie in a dorm basement.
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