I chose Raging Bull to do my film analysis on. Raging Bull was directed by Martin Scorsese. The fact that Martin Scorsese directed this film made me choose it over the other films on the list. I really like Martin Scorsese’s body of work and his style of film making. Raging Bull was made in 1980. The star of this movie is Robert De Niro. De Niro plays boxer Jake Lamotta. De Niro won the Oscar for best actor in a leading role for his performance in Raging Bull. Raging Bull also won an Oscar for best film editing. Joe Pesci has the other major role in this film and he plays Jake Lamotta’s brother and manager Joey in the film. Scorsese shot Raging Bull in black in white even though practically all movies were in color in the early 1980s. I think the black and white was a good choice for this movie. The movie is set in the 1940s and 1950s so it gives it a more authentic feel.
The scene that I will be covering in this paper is where Jake finally becomes the middleweight boxing champion. I feel that this is a critical scene in this movie because it is the climax of the film. The first half of the movie Jake is working to become the champion. The rest of the movie after Jake wins the middleweight championship is all downhill. He loses his title, he becomes fat, and all of his relationships fall apart. I like this scene in particular because Scorsese uses interesting techniques with lighting, movement, and sound to make the scene really come to life. I am going to briefly cover the scene right before this one where Lamotta is at the hotel with his wife and brother directly before the title fight. In this scene the three of them are sitting around before they go to the arena for the fight. Jake is nervous and everyone else is on eggshells around him. I like what Scorsese did with the boxing scenes, but this other scene helps give a more accurate general picture of the film.
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