Wednesday, May 30, 2012


Day the 30, the outer edge of the 70’s river

Raging Bull (1980)

The Scorcese River, Part II
The rough and sometimes hard to take biopic of Jake Lamotta is my final stop on the 70’s River. It did come out in 1980, but still has the spirit of the pull-no-punches (no pun intended) attitude that made the movies made in the 70’s so memorable. Yet, it wasn’t really that successful commercially and soon movies would go in another direction. A more frivolous direction. But why did the Francis Ford Coppola decade have to disintegrate into the John Hughes decade? Is it somehow possible this could have been prevented? You know, I actually do have one more stop on this river after all. Tomorrow, I will go to the place where it all turned and maybe, just maybe, I can prevent it all from happening.


  1. I love this film and I will stand by it when I say that this is De Niro's best performance of all-time. There are so many other people out there who don't think so, but I can say that if you watch this and something like, idk, Showtime, then you'll understand. That was a joke by the way. Nice post Chris.

  2. I couldn't believe LaMotta wasn't upset after this movie was made. He was psychotic and pathetic. But he could stay on his feet in a match, I'll give him that.

  3. Joyce,

    He was upset at how he was portrayed and believe he brought a lawsuit against the film studio.