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FFM 1 - Raging Bull

Ray beats the hell out of Jake in the boxing ring, but Jake manages to stand on his feet. Jake says: "You didn't get me down, Ray".

Raging Bull is about a man with incredibly low self-esteem trying to deal with his insecurity. I can also say that it's a filmography of the boxer Jake LaMotta, but I don't care if it's true or not. This is one incredible film and every scene is like an art work, appealing different aspects/senses depending on the viewer.

Jake has a binary view of the world - Either someone is highly regarded that that someone won't even look at Jake, in which case Jake would hate them; Or someone is so trashy that they associate themselves with Jake, and since they're trashy Jake would hate them anyway. This two-fold viewpoint results from his low level of respect he has for himself. And that transforms into brute force.

Jake, though a gifted fighter in the boxing ring, is poor at fighting his insecurity. Only to assure his supremacy over another fighter to himself, he simply accepts all the blows his opponent can deliver without getting knocked out. And when Jake manages to stay on his feet, the act had offered him a sense of relief and freedom from the shackles of his insecurity.

I can't think of any scene that comes close to explaining how emotionally tortured Jake is - this scene is a magnificent example of character development, not through words but through action. Although Scorsese (director) and Chapman (photographer) do a flawless job, Rebert DeNiro as Jake LaMotta steals the scene.

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[This scene later inspired Tamil actor Kamal Haasan in the climax of 'Kuruthippunal'].

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