"Go get 'em, champ."
Following their collaborations on Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, and New York, New York, Robert De Niro reteamed with director Martin Scorsese for this unflinching boxing drama. As Jake La Motta, a boxer whose psychological and sexual complexities erupt into violence both in and out of the ring, De Niro won his second Academy Award. Joe Pesci and Cathy Moriarty are unforgettable as the brother who falls prey to Jake's mounting paranoia and jealousy, and the fifteen-year-old girl who becomes his most prized trophy. Coolidge Award honoree Thelma Schoonmaker won the Academy Award for Best Film Editing for her work on the film as well, and the film received six other nominations including Best Picture.
A Tribute to Jay Carr
On behalf of the Coolidge Corner Theatre and the Boston Society of Film Critics, we dedicate this screening as a tribute to renowned film critic Jay Carr (1936-2014).
Jay wrote reviews for The New York Post and The Detroit News before joining The Boston Globe in 1983, where he was chief film critic until 2002. His legendary "Vintage Stock" column appeared every Friday in the Globe, just one example of his ardent advocacy of independent film and local theaters committed to preserving the history of cinema. We at the Coolidge are particularly grateful for his support, vital contribution, and legacy.