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Big screen classics

Raging Bull

Robert De Niro excels as real-life boxer Jake LaMotta, while Scorsese offers a directing masterclass.

Image from Raging Bull

USA 1980
Dir Martin Scorsese
With Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Cathy Moriarty
129min
Digital
Certificate 18

Although this was Scorsese’s first Oscar® nomination (he missed out to Redford’s Ordinary People), it wasn’t until 2006’s The Departed that he finally won. Raging Bull is a directing masterclass, with a brilliant performance by De Niro as real-life boxer Jake LaMotta; a complex, self-destructive character. The choreography within the fighting sequences is pure motion-picture poetry.


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