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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.
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…
Intense. Really freakin' intense.
I keep falling in love with Scorsese's troubled main characters. Specially's the ones that come with a little bit of De Niro on the side.
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what can i say about this movie martin Scorsese is the man to director movies he can really show a story that not people what to listen too and then the next thing is that people are saying the story is the best part of the movie. The cast in the movie like Robert DE Niro and Joe Pesci are fantastic in they roles and nothing really Bad on the acting rate but the movie at times does slow down a little bit and that's it the movie is Fab, I loved this movie in black and white it shows more of a dark and messed up things in the world like other great movies like (Nosferatu the vampire) (The wizard of OZ) and (marry and max), the movie has it's ups and downs to other people but to me the movie is great and always will be number one.
This is looking to become (if it hasn't already) one of those films that are destined to age like wine, getting better for each viewing and each passing year. Technically it is just a flawless film that runs like water, and the blood, sweat and tears from De Niro and Scorsese - chanelled through La Motta - is felt with such sensitiveness and humility.
Many have (wrongfully, I believe) read RAGING BULL as a sort of dirty love letter to the main character. The key to it, though, is that La Motta is a pathological masochist - the ultimate neurosis of a boxer - and he is psychologically programmed to constantly set himself up to fall. It is very difficult…
Today, I attended a screening at a film festival for the first time. I got to see a classic on the big screen which doesn't happen often on my side of the world. I usually only see the classics on TV and Home Video. Well, it's a completely different experience. This is, what, my third time seeing this film but I felt like I was seeing it for the first time.
This is one of the great Scorsese films (he has quiet a few of those too). It's not really about the boxing. It's a tale of two brothers: One tries his best to be loyal to his brother, and the otherhas a self-destructive personality and, in a sense, destroys everything he touches (both, in the ring and when it comes to his relationships with others). Technically, it's outstanding is the effectively accompanied by Mascagni's Cavalleria rusticana. Beautiful from beginning to end.
A great movie about a horrible excuse for a human being.
I really appreciate Raging Bull as "cinema": it's gorgeous to look out, with cinematography and directing all top notch, De Niro is incredible and everything about Raging Bull is about as close to perfection as possible. Yet Raging Bull never really grabs me emotionally in a way that I'd like to be, especially since Scorsese can often make a film like this and still pull at my heartstrings. Raging Bull does a lot of things that Scorsese's first film "Who's That Knocking At My Door?" does, but I think that film does them better and in a more effective way. Raging Bull is understandably a great classic, I just wish it hit me harder. No pun intended.
There was not a single moment of this film that didn't make me uncomfortable.
And I wouldn't have it any other way.
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