Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Some "Raging Bull" Reading

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the release of Martin Scorsese's RAGING BULL, with a two-disk special edition dvd of the film arriving this week. There has been a lot of fanfare surrounding the dvd's release, with special screenings and retrospective articles rightfully touting the greatness of the film. Here, however, are three articles that look beyond the standard subjects of Scorsese and star Robert De Niro:

  • I was quite surprised to discover that Jake La Motta is still alive, and a spry 83 at that. In this article, La Motta reflects on his notoriety after the release of the film in 1980.

  • Vikki La Motta, Jake's teenaged wife portrayed in the film by Cathy Moriarty, passed away last month at the age of 75. Her obituary covers her life beyond her turbulant marriage to La Motta.

  • Johnny Barnes was a young boxer hired to play Sugar Ray Robinson in the film. This poignant article catches up with an aging Barnes, who can't quite escape the shadows of his past.

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