Film
RAGING BULL
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RAGING BULL

It's been 30-plus years since Martin Scorsese's landmark masterpiece was released, yet it has lost none of the raw power and emotion that's made it an American classic. A brutal, and brutally honest, look at the life of boxer Jake La Motta, a heavyweight champion who doesn't let the ring bottle up his fiery rage. Focusing on his life outside of the sport, including the close relationship with his equally hotheaded brother and his tumultuous marriage, Scorsese presents a portrait of a broken man who slowly deteriorates the love around him. Slowly falling from grace, both as a fighter and a man, La Motta's story is a tragic one, which makes the fact that the film is as equally entertaining as it is gut-wrenching a triumph. Filmed in beautiful black-and-white and housing the greatest performance of Robert De Niro's career, RAGING BULL is a quintessential cinematic achievement. (R.J. LaForce)

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