RAGING BULL
1980, MGM Repertory, 128 min, USA, Dir: Martin Scorsese

A stunning B&W portrait of prizefighter Jake La Motta (Robert De Niro) and his harrowing, destructive bouts in and out of the ring, beautifully shot by cinematographer Michael Chapman. Winner of Academy Awards for Best Actor (De Niro) and Editing (Thelma Schoonmaker). With Cathy Moriarty, Joe Pesci.


TAXI DRIVER
1976, Sony Repertory, 113 min, USA, Dir: Martin Scorsese

Director Martin Scorsese's "savage, many-headed dragon of the American New Wave" (Michael Atkinson, The Village Voice) is still as potent as ever. Cabbie Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro's seminal pistol-packing, insomniac loner) drives through the open sewer that is mid-1970s Manhattan with its pimps (Harvey Keitel), hookers (Jodie Foster), politicos (Cybill Shepherd and Albert Brooks) and other scummy creatures of the neon wilderness. With a ferocious script by Paul Schrader.


THE COLOR OF MONEY
1986, Buena Vista Pictures, 119 min, USA, Dir: Martin Scorsese

Paul Newman took home a long overdue Best Actor Oscar for reprising his role as pool shark Fast Eddie Felson in this follow-up to 1961’s THE HUSTLER. Here Fast Eddie returns to the game to show a talented younger player (Tom Cruise) how to work the tables for money, and - in a final match between teacher and student - how to sink the shots that really count. With Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio.


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