Every film from Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" essays.
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.
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,…
While many claim this is Martin Scorsese best film I must respectfully disagree! I see it more as the primordial ooze from which all of Scorsese's films draw their first breath! His artistic seminal gene pool if you will!
A difficult film to rank as it deals with a very flawed real life character whom has no redeeming qualities! The strengths of the film revolve around the brutally realistic fight scenes! And what I consider to be Robert De Niro's role of a lifetime! All of which pales in comparison to Scorsese's directorial expertise!
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"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.
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.
I think for everyone there is a movie that seems to elude them. For me it was Scorsese's Raging Bull. I know, I know. Some of you are probably already shaking your heads. I absolutely LOVE Scorsese. I think he does great things for cinema and for Hollywood as well. His movies are highly accessible and (for the most part) profitable, but they offer up lots of great stuff for cinephiles and film critics to eat up. If you ask any film fanatic today what movies and or directors got them into film, I'm sure Scorsese's name pops up on the list. But all of this does not excuse the fact that I waited so long to see this movie.…
"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…
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I got Raging Bull because it had somenthing in common with Taxi Driver,both De Niro and Scorsese worked on this,and its about boxing,i like boxing movies so i picked it up as soon as i saw the cover.
I was expecting something like Rocky and boy was i wrong,this is like Goodfellas with boxing.
Raging Bull is a Biographical movie about the life of Jake LaMotta,a Boxer with anger issues(doesn't all boxers have anger issues?),anyway,the thing that surprised me about this movie in particular was that despite being about the life of a boxer,we spend most of the time watching LaMotta being a grumpy italian screaming every time he…
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Among so many aspects of perfection in this film, the decision to shoot in black and white might be the best decision in cinema history.
Reminds me of La Strada, in that it focuses on a brute that is so self-obsessed and absorbed in his own persona that he destroys everything around him. Newfound respect for Joe Pesci, as I always thought he was just some short annoying Italian dude with a motor mouth. He is a perfect counterpoint to the abrasive, savage DeNiro (who by the way proves that he is one of the best actors of all time with his performance).
Raging Bull may be one of the first Scorsese-style biopic, but it's also his very best.
I don't know how it's possible... But I love this more with every viewing.
Slightly slow at the start. What a movie, tho.
MASTERPIECE. There is no other way to describe this film.
DeNiro's best performance (no, not because he gained weight). Undoubtedly Scorsese's best movie.
Part of 50 before 30
Still a very good and dark / powerful movie and great cast. Not one of my personal favourite Scorsese movies though
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