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Raging Bull: Inside the Ring (2005)

Video  -  Documentary | Short  -  8 February 2005 (USA)
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The Famous Fight Scenes
27 January 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Raging Bull: Inside the Ring (2005)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Martin Scorsese, cinematographer Michael Chapman and editor Thelma Schoonmaker are the three key figures in this documentary that takes a look at the fight scenes in RAGING BULL. Running under twenty-minutes, the documentary (the second of four on MGM's Special Edition) takes a look at the fight scenes that were shot in California away from the other things that were later shot in New York. Scorsese explains what he wanted to go for and he admits that at first he wasn't sure how he was going to film the fighting scenes. There's a funny joke about some advice that Brian DePalma gave him. From here we learn about the various lighting that had to be done and Chapman explains some important things about filming a B&W movie. The B&W aspect is another major storyline here because it was debated whether or not the film should be shot in color. Michael Powell ended up having a say in this. Schoonmaker also explains the various type of shots that the director was getting with only one camera and why the editing of the scenes became such a huge task. Fans of RAGING BULL will certainly enjoy this look at the technical side of the fight scenes. Many have called these scenes some of the greatest ever filmed so it's interesting hearing how various decisions were made.


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