Raging Bull (1980)
Starring: Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Cathy Moriarity, John Turturro, Martin Scorsese, Michael Badalucco, Sweet Dick Whittington, Coley Wallace, Frank Vincent, Johnny Barnes
Screenplay: Paul Schrader
Directed by: Martin Scorsese
Music: “Cavalleria rusticana: Intermezzo” written by Pietro Mascagni and performed by Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna under the direction of Arturo Basile
Another by Martin Scorsese, his first Academy award nominated triumph Raging Bull which included one of the more oft-used scores, Cavalleria Rusticana. Scorsese actually used the music in the introduction where the robed Robert De Niro, playing boxer Jake LaMotta, bounces around the ring and shadow boxing . Cavalleria combines gracefully with De Niro’s fluid movements filmed in slow motion and juxtaposes with the many of the brutal scenes later in the film. This was the sweet science’s golden age but it was also haunted by the emotional turmoil and abuses of one of its main stars.