Raging Bull. 1980. USA. Directed by Martin Scorsese. 128 min.
Edited by Thelma Schoonmaker. With Robert De Niro, Cathy Moriarity, Joe Pesci, John Turturro. Scorsese’s depiction of boxer Jake La Motta won De Niro an Oscar. La Motta, despite being thuggish and self-destructive, won several championships, including one victory in five tries over his primary nemesis, the gifted Sugar Ray Robinson. The film’s graphic imagery and Oscar-winning cutting by Schoonmaker captured boxing that was unlike anything that had ever been committed to film.