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Raging Bull – Goodfellas Looking Into Camera

Raging Bull – Goodfellas Looking Into Camera

Apr 8, 2011

Can anyone think of another Serious  film where the characters talk straight into the camera? This is done in many films. Two Examples, when deniro gets the crap beaten out of him in raging bull, we see robinson looking straight towards camera, then cut to deniro against the ropes looking straight towards camera. the shots are not meant to ‘connect’ with the audience, but rather ‘connect’ the 2 characters in that moment. or, it is meant to ‘connect’ the audience with the characters because we see from their vantage point, hence, POV. no 4th wall has been broken. actually, scorsese does break this wall at the end of goodfellas when Ray liotta is on the stand talking, then turns to the camera and addresses the camera. there is a difference between the raging bull example and the goodfellas example. And in the final  shot Of Goodfellas Scorsese has Pesci emulating the last shot of The Great Train Robbery (1903) – except the Liotta is probably imagining that Pesci is shooting at him (whereas the Great Train Robbery guy is shooting at the...