Essay about Raging Bull

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     “Raging Bull” (1980) is not a so much a film about boxing but more of a story about a psychotically jealous, sexually insecure borderline homosexual, caged animal of a man, who encourages pain and suffering in his life as almost a form of reparation. Martin Scorsese’s masterpiece of a film drags you down into the seedy filth stenched world of former middleweight boxing champion Jake “The Bronx Bull” LaMotta. Masterfully he paints the picture of a beast whose sole drive is not boxing but an insatiable obsessive jealously over his wife and his fear of his own underling sexuality. The movie broke new ground with its brutal unadulterated no-holds-bard look at the vicious sport of boxing by bringing the camera …show more content…
     The film then cuts to the title card: “THE BRONX New York City 1941.” After a short talk between Jakes brother Joey and a small time Mafioso Salvy about allowing fellow mobster Tommy Como to take control of Jakes boxing career the scene cuts to the kitchen of a cramped New York apartment. Still bruised up from the from the Reeves fight Jake in a “wife beater” undershirt sits at the kitchen table harassing his first wife about overcooking his steak. Like an true animal he wants it raw and bloody. Sick and tired of his relentless badgering she throws the plate down in front of him in defiance. Again, the dormant beast is awakened up ending the table sending the steak across the kitchen. Just then Joey enters the apartment and an off screen neighbor yells down in true New York fashion “What’s the matter with you up there, you animals?” Already irate Jake leans his head out of the window and screams the carnivorous threat, I’m gonna’ eat your dog for lunch. Overwhelmed with furry Jake sits down and whines to Joey about how his girl hands are going to keep him from fighting the heavyweight champion of the world Joe Lewis. Then in a strange sadomasochistic display of machismo, Jake taunts Joey to punch him in the face as hard as he can. When Joey resists Jake begins to taunt him: “Come on, don’t be a little faggot. Come on hit me. You throw a punch like you take it up the ass. Come on

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