Monday, 24 August 2009

Raging Bull

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My favourite opening title sequence is for Raging Bull love the slow motion and the way he dances round or warms up stalking a ring alone, with gray shadows and smoke around him to the music which is opera Cavalleria Rusticana, by Pietro Mascagni all go perfectly with the beautiful black and white cinematography, and a refined sense of gritty design. At first I thought the silhouette of the ring ropes where symbolic of bars giving us a clue that he is somehow trapped in the ring or like a caged animal. It's a striking image of a man alone, which De Niro remains throughout the movie.

After researching I realised the Director Martin Scorsese wanted Robert DeNiro’s Jake La Motta a coiled human animal, caged like a note on sheet music; fierce, balletic and balanced to its function. The ropes of the ring are framed like bars of music. Indeed, “give me a stage where this bull here can rage…that’s entertainment.”

I really like the idea of using the main character in the title sequence

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