Guilt and violence on the path to redemption are themes omnipresent in Martin Scorsese’s work. In Raging Bull, a biopic on the Middleweight boxing champion Jake La Motta, we follow La Motta’s search for redemption, a quest common to many of Scorsese’s characters. This talk will use Scorsese’s filmography, life and classical boxing films to reflect both on the role violence plays in this redemptive process and on how Scorsese’s views on redemption stem from his Catholicism. Why does Scorsese view violence as a means of redemption? What effect does this view have on the way he portrays violence? Is Jake a redeemed character at the end of Raging Bull? Why does he feel that by submitting himself to a public act of martyrdom he will achieve redemption?
Dr. Marianne Conroy (Comp. Lit/American Studies/Film Program) will offer a response.
Arturo Serrano is a Fulbright visiting scholar in the Department of English. He currently works at the Universidad Catolica Andres Bello in Caracas (Venezuela) where he teaches Film History. He is the author of the book The Dream of Reason Produces Cinema (UCAB, 2012).