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Raging Bull (1980) 4K Restoration

Opens on May 5

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

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

Country: United States
Language: English

About the film:

Martin Scorsese’s knockout masterpiece Raging Bull (1980) returns to the Film Center in a bruising new 4K restoration.

LaMotta had early lessons in life: to steal and to fight. He channelled his tough childhood into the ring, where his aggression became a way of combating deep-seated anxieties and emotional fears. This determination and rage turned him from a young hoodlum into a champion. But his drive for the title, his brutality outside of the ring and his almost-psychotic sexual jealousy will destroy his marriage, his deepest friendships and the career he fought to build.

“the greatest boxing film ever put to celluloid”

—Empire Magazine

The film was nominated for eight Academy Awards at the 53rd Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director, and won two: Best Actor for De Niro and Best Editing. In 1990, it became the first film to be selected in its first year of eligibility for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress, and in 2007, the American Film Institute ranked it as the fourth-greatest American movie of all time.

About the filmmaker:

Martin Scorsese is an influential and award-winning American film director, producer, screenwriter and actor. He is the recipient of numerous accolades and honors, including the AFI Life Achievement Award in 1997, the Kennedy Center Honor in 2007, and the BAFTA Fellowship in 2012. Five of his films have been inducted into the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant”—Mean Streets (1973), his Palme d’Or winner Taxi Driver (1976), concert documentary The Last Waltz (1978), Raging Bull (1980), and Goodfellas (1990). The Film Center celebrated the films of Martin Scorsese in our 2021 Summer Season series Mondays with Marty.

An advocate for film preservation and restoration, Scorsese founded three nonprofit organizations: the Film Foundation in 1990, the World Cinema Foundation in 2007, and the African Film Heritage Project in 2017.

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