Raging Bull
First screened in the late 1990s / Most recently screened in July 2016
Director: Martin Scorsese. Cast: Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Cathy Moriarty, Frank Vincent, Nicholas Colasanto, Theresa Saldana, Floyd Anderson, Johnny Barnes, Kevin Mahon, Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, Coley Wallace, Johnny Turner, Mario Gallo, Frank Adonis, Joseph Bono, Frank Topham, Geraldine Smith. Screenplay: Paul Schrader and Mardik Martin (based on the book by Jake La Motta, Joseph Carter, and Peter Savage).

Twitter Capsule: Unites realist and high-stylistic legacies of Italian cinema but its violence feels American. Dank, strong, woebegone.

VOR:   Movies are lucky to become landmarks in any area. Bull is a milestone in several: acting, lensing, sound, editing, direction. A frankly marginal story winds up feeling essential.



Photo © 1980 United Artists/Chartoff-Winkler Productions

Not yet reviewed in full. A

(in June 2001: A+)


Academy Award Nominations and Winners:
Best Picture
Best Director: Martin Scorsese
Best Actor: Robert De Niro
Best Supporting Actress: Cathy Moriarty
Best Supporting Actor: Joe Pesci
Best Cinematography: Michael Chapman
Best Film Editing: Thelma Schoonmaker
Best Sound: Donald O. Mitchell, Bill Nicholson, David J. Kimball, and Les Lazarowitz

Golden Globe Nominations and Winners:
Best Picture (Drama)
Best Director: Martin Scorsese
Best Actor (Drama): Robert De Niro
Best Supporting Actress: Cathy Moriarty
Best Supporting Actor: Joe Pesci
Best Screenplay: Paul Schrader and Mardik Martin
New Star of the Year (Female): Cathy Moriarty

Other Awards:
New York Film Critics Circle: Best Actor (De Niro); Best Supporting Actor (Pesci)
Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Picture; Best Actor (De Niro)
National Society of Film Critics: Best Director; Best Supporting Actor (Pesci); Best Cinematography
Boston Society of Film Critics: Best Picture; Best Actor (De Niro); Best Cinematography
National Board of Review: Best Actor (De Niro); Best Supporting Actor (Pesci)
British Academy Awards (BAFTAs): Best Film Editing; Most Promising Newcomer (Pesci)

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