When Jake LaMotta (Robert DeNiro) steps into a boxing ring and obliterates his opponent, he’s a prizefighter, but when he treats his family and friends the same way, he’s a ticking time bomb. Though LaMotta wants his family’s love, something always seems to come between them; perhaps it’s his violent bouts of paranoia and jealousy. This kind of rage helped make him a champ, but in real life, caused him to end up in the ring alone.  Robert De Niro read Jake LaMotta’s autobiography while making The Godfather, Part II and after several years, finally convinced Martin Scorsese to make the film. Upon its release in November of 1980, Vincent Canby of The New York Times said that Scorsese “has made his most ambitious film as well as his finest.” De Niro received the Best Actor Oscar® for his portrayal and Thelma Schoonmaker received the first of her three Oscars® for Best Film Editing. 35mm print courtesy of UNCSA Moving Image Archives

Special guest:  Mike Medavoy, Chairman and CEO of Phoenix Pictures and former Senior Vice President of Production at United Artists

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