A highpoint in Scorsese and De Niro’s careers, this portrait of boxing champ Jake La Motta is a corrosive study of flawed masculinity.
Dir Martin Scorsese
With Robert De Niro, Cathy Moriarty, Joe Pesci, Frank Vincent
One of Scorsese’s greatest films, this visceral, unsentimental portrait of middleweight boxing champion Jake La Motta (De Niro at his best) offers a corrosive study of male pride, violence, insecurity and inarticulacy. Save for some brief home-movie-style footage, Michael Chapman shoots in black and white to heighten both the brutality of the fights and the ‘ordinariness’ of the domestic scenes.