Scorsese’s portrait of middleweight champion Jake LaMotta offers a caustic account of masculine insecurity and violence.
Robert De Niro, Cathy Moriarty, Joe Pesci, Frank Vincent
USA 1980. 129min
One of Scorsese’s greatest achievements, this boasts De Niro in peak form as middleweight champion Jake La Motta, as prone to violence in his domestic life – he’s pathologically insecure/possessive regarding his wife – as he is in the boxing ring. A piercing study of a particularly toxic form of masculinity, in which the protagonist is merely first among similarly damaged and damaging equals.