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Raging Bull 1980

  • Martin Scorsese
  • November 14, 1980
  • 129 mins
  • English
  • Drama
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.


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Excellent classic. Robert DeNiro kills it and Martin Scorsese is the master.

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Raging Bull was okay. The opening credits weren't aligned with the boxing ring ropes, grrr. A lot of the dialogue seemed pointless, I felt like it didn't develop the characters much nor move the plot forward. LaMotta sits around with people and talks a lot, but it doesn't fleshen out anybody, it just reaffirmed what you already knew. Unfortunately, none of the characters were particularly sympathetic either. LaMotta himself is completely loathsome and his entire personality can be summed up as "jealous and violent". I'm not saying you have to make characters likeable or anything, but if you're going to do a character study, shouldn't your character be a complex realistic human being? Shouldn't they be intriguing and multidimensional? Otherwise why else should I care what happens at all? Though DeNiro no doubt gives a great performance, ultimately I'm not interested in what happens to his character nor any of the relationships he has with others.

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Brutalmente violenta. Incluso ahora me pareció así aún cuando en la actualidad la violencia es cotidiana. La actuación de De Niro es muy buena y la fotografía en blanco y negro hacen de esta película un excelente viaje a la vida de LaMotta. No obstante, a pesar de ser considerada la cuarta mejor película de la historia en la lista AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies (10th Anniversary Edition), no la encontré espectacular y no creo que se deba a la época pues Casablanca sí que es una joya. Es una buena película pero tal vez mis expectativas se encontraban muy elevadas. Y tampoco creo que sea por la temática pues hay cintas sobre el boxeo que sí me han gustado. No creo verla una segunda vez pero si sucede, puede que encuentre más detalles que me hagan coincidir en pensar en ella como un verdadero clásico del cine y una de las mejores cintas de la historia.

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