Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Raging Bull

Scorsese shapes this brutal epic morality tale with such lovingly indulgent and elegant images that we cannot help but fall in love with every lead character and then have our hearts broken as each of them betray us and each other. Jake LaMotta's story seems to powerfully presage the dominant rise-and-fall-from-fame narrative that defines our lurid voyeuristic era, but with these lights, sets, performances and music this story provides a vision of clarity about the ways our culture shapes our hungers and fears in powerfully self-destructive ways.