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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…
Another masterclass in filmmaking from Martin Scorsese. Its not my personal favorite however.
Not as good as I expected, altough I can't say I didn't like it. Beside the real fights or in this case boxing games there were a bit too much unnecessary emotinal, verbal and actual physical roughness by the main character Jake La Motta, whose self-destructive and obsessive rage, sexual jealousy, and animalistic appetite basically destroyed his life and relatonship. De Niro shows us some skills in a really great sports film, his performance is quite impressive in every way, but still La Motta was too harsh for me.
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So. "Raging Bull."
I haven't exactly seen all the movies in the world (not by a long shot), but I'm fairly certain I can declare Martin Scorsese's "Raging Bull" as the most sexual movie about boxing ever made. In fact, for a movie considered the quintessential movie about boxing (alongside "Rocky," obviously), you'd be surprised how very little boxing is actually shown onscreen (though the fantastically orchestrated scenes in the ring memorably punctuate the events). It's also undeniably a masterpiece, considered by some to be the finest film of Scorsese's long and consistently impressive career. Robert De Niro stars as Jake La Motta, a middleweight boxer from the Bronx whose turbulent emotional behavior and…
I don't think this is a great film, it's just not for me. I love sharp dialogue, high energy, engrossing characters, plot twists and occasional humour. Raging Bull has none of these things. I don't really see why people rate it so highly, it's character study of a brainless brute. It goes without saying that Jake LaMotta (Robert De Niro) isn't likeable or sympathetic but beyond that he's just so unresisting, he's just a guy if you knew in real life you'd just want stay well away from. De Niro is excellent as is Pesci and Cathy Moriarty but there are just De Niro's punch bags. I did find it an interesting film maybe not always entertaining but for a boxing film it's not a sports film at all. I guess it's more of a study of self destruction, which unlike LaMotta, is something I can relate to.
"All I know is this: once I was blind and now I can see."
My favorite Scorsese film and one of my favorite films of all time. Robert De Niro delivers a powerhouse of a performance, in a complex and commanding film, that's one of the best character studies ever put on film.
What is there to say about this film that has not been said already? This film is directed and written to perfection. This felt like a 2 hour examination of violence and family issues pulled straight out of the real world. Raging Bull is more than a film. It's real life put on screen.
Jesus Christ who fucking cares? 2 hours of characters I hated just doing life y'know.
From the films opening scene along with the iconic score by Pietro Mascagni to the films final moments with LaMotta reenacting Marlon Brando's monologue from On The Waterfront, Scorsese brings us a two hour feature following the journey of a boxer's self-destructive nature that was just as violent outside the ring as it was in it. Watching the brutality of the fights and Jake acting out against his family and friends can be a rather disheartening and exhausting experience so it comes to no surprise that Raging Bull isn't exactly for everyone. Robert De Niro gives an amazing performance which earned him an Oscar, completely transforming into LaMotta, hating on everyone around him including himself and is especially engaging as…
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