The punch in Scorsese's ring cycle – archive, 14 February 1981

Published on Feb 14, 2020

14 February 1981: Derek Malcolm interviews the director of Raging Bull who says the film finishes off what he started to say in Mean Streets

No one ever floored Jake Lamotta, one of the middle-weight boxing division’s toughest and roughest champions. No one, that is, except himself. This was the idea that fascinated Martin Scorsese, and the main reason why he made Raging Bull, with Robert De Niro as Lamotta. It was not that he wanted to film a story about boxing, which even now doesn’t interest him very much. But this particular boxer, born like himself in the Bronx and of Italian parents was “something else.”

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Read full article at: The Guardian - Film News

Author: Derek Malcolm