Director: Martin Scorsese Run Time: 129 min. Release Year: 1980
Starring: Cathy Moriarty, Frank Vincent, Joe Pesci, Nicholas Colasanto, Robert De Niro
RAGING BULL is back on the big screen worldwide in a knockout new 4K restoration, approved by director Martin Scorsese.
When Martin Scorsese first embarked on his legendary collaboration with Robert De Niro to tell the loose biographical story of a disgraced middleweight boxing champion named Jake LaMotta, his initial attitude was surprising: ‘One sure thing was that it wouldn’t be a film about boxing. We didn’t know a thing about it and it didn’t interest us at all.’
That statement of indifference toward the bloodsport which defined LaMotta – in the ring and out – might seem strangely recalcitrant given the final results of a film like Raging Bull. After all, it contains some of the most beautifully memorable fight sequences ever committed to celluloid, lensed by Michael Ballhaus and edited with Eisenstein-ian flair by Thelma Schoonmaker.
Martin Scorsese is an American film director, producer, screenwriter and actor. Scorsese emerged as one of the major figures of the New Hollywood era. He is the recipient of many major accolades, including an Academy Award, four BAFTA Awards, three Emmy Awards, a Grammy Award, three Golden Globe Awards, and two Directors Guild of America Awards. He has been honored with the AFI Life Achievement Award in 1997, the Film Society of Lincoln Center tribute in 1998, the Kennedy Center Honor in 2007, the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 2010, and the BAFTA Fellowship in 2012. Five of his films have been inducted into the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant”.
“Like all great art, it looks a little different every time you encounter it. But what changes the least, fittingly, is the film’s resistance to those tin gods of Hollywood: the personal arc and promise of redemption.” ~ Danny Leigh, Financial Times