Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Reminder - Raging Bull - January 24th - Lecture Theatre One @ UCA Rochester - 5:00pm till 7:00pm

Thanks to everyone who came to last week’s screening of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind – great turnout! I understand 3rd years will be busy putting the finishing touches to their dissertation, but as long as the weather holds there will be another screening tomorrow evening for anyone interested. This week’s film is Martin Scorsese’s much celebrated 1980 black and white classic Raging Bull. An honest, warts-and-all character study of the troubled Bronx Boxer Jake La Motta, played by Robert De Niro who won a Best Actor Oscar for his performance.

Compared to last week, Raging Bull is a challenging film. It comes from an era when Hollywood gave control back to the director – youthful, European inspired filmmakers who created films which stripped away the empty spectacle in favour of difficult subject matter which reflected the social angst of the Vietnam War and a changing American landscape. Raging Bull is often considered the last great film of the era, and represents an artistic peak of the famed Scorsese-De Niro partnership.

Anyone willing to give it a shot should gain an awful lot - from it’s stunning black and white cinematography, to career-best performances from the actors involved. Besides, saying you've seen Raging Bull is instant film-buff cred, and certainly a cultural nugget worth owning.

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