Showing posts with label Raging Bull. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Raging Bull. Show all posts

Monday, August 12, 2013

Fight The Power

A new homage I realized in the opening credits of Spike Lee's Do The Right Thing:

Probably direct references to:

Martin Scorsese's Raging Bull. Both are films where music and score play an essential part of the narrative, and given Do The Right Thing's themes of Lee's frustration with the fighting between the Blacks and Italians in Bed-Stuy, this homage can be seen as Spike Lee stepping up to Scorsese's level. He's paying his due respects, while also declaring that he is capable of creating something just as good, however different. The fact that  Scorsese was and is well-known for showing the "dirty side" of NYC, yet Lee was ready to do the same thing, in a side of the city that hadn't received mainstream representation yet.

Of course, DTRT has plenty of more blatant references:

Then finally, a three years later, another film took a great throwaway line from Spike Lee which also owed a great deal to the films of Scorsese:

Sweet Dick Willy: Shit, Mike Tyson even dream about whoopin' my ass, he better wake up and apologize.

Mr White: Shit, you shoot me in a dream, you better wake up and apologize.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Raging Bull (1980), Jake LaMotta's Swan Song

Anyone who has ever seen Raging Bull is very aware of how important the films score is, filled with classical, almost peaceful, swooping symphonies. Martin Scorsese and DP Michael Chapman understood how important the music was going to be when he filmed it, as he does with most of his films. That's why the opening shot, held through the entire credits sequence, turns a boxing ring:

Into a musical staff:

LaMotta is of course, the Treble Clef here. Which is why he never leaves the left side of the ring. He walks up and down the side, but never further into the center, remaining the beginning of the music the whole time.

Now, considering that the ropes are the lines where the notes are placed, that means that the last note of Jake LaMotta's symphony is of course: