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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...

Goodfellas vs Dances With Wolves

Goodfellas vs Dances With Wolves

Apr 2, 2011

Martin Scorsese vs Kevin Costner Lets go over this quickly as to not bore you. Dances with Wolves is not a great film,  Kevin Costner’s acting is mediocre at best as is his first time direction. Try watching it again and you will see how dated the movie seems only after 20 years. Some native Indians have said they didn’t like the portrayal at all. It’s a milquetoast Hollywood movie with a very bland way of telling it’s story. Scorsese’s Goodfellas Is my favorite movie with The Good The bad And The Ugly a close 2nd.  I loved how unpredictable it was when I first saw it, I loved the feel of the movie from the tracking shots to the sizzling rock soundtrack. I love how it keeps making me think about it long after I’ve seen it. Ray Liotta Was amazing in a very underrated performance. GoodFellas is a nuclear explosion of creative film making. The two films shouldn’t even be in the same medium. And that’s the overall problem with the Oscars. It’s a popularity contest. It doesn’t mean one film is necessarily better than the others. If it did then How Green Was My Valley would be the most talked about film in history and Citizen Kane would be relegated to obscurity. Clear...