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Raging Bull

Director: Martin Scorsese Run Time: 129 min. Format: DCP Rating: R Release Year: 1980

Starring: Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Cathy Moriarty, Frank Vincent

In the ring, Jake LaMotta¬†was a fearless middleweight champion, a fighter whose animal strength made him unstoppable; but the traits of a champion aren’t always what they’re cracked up to be.¬†Quick to anger, sexually frustrated, brutally masochistic, all traits of a punishing fighter; but a husband? A brother? In Raging Bull, Martin Scorsese side-steps the typical sports biopic that lionizes its subjects in favor of a violent, unflinching portrait of a man controlled by his animal lusts.

Thelma Schoonmaker (Editor)
The iconic Thelma Schoonmaker is an Algerian-born American film editor who has worked with director Martin Scorsese for over fifty years. She started working with Scorsese on his debut feature film Who’s That Knocking at My Door, and edited all of Scorsese’s films since Raging Bull. When asked how it was that such a nice lady could edit Scorsese’s violent gangster pictures, Thelma replied with a smile, “Ah, but they aren’t violent until I’ve edited them.”