Just how bad must a man be for us to no longer care about him?
That question is essential to Martin Scorsese's 1980 masterpiece Raging Bull, screening on Sunday, November 4, 2012, at 1:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch as part of the Movies That Matter film series.
Introductory and closing remarks are provided by Robert W. Butler, for more than 40 years film critic of The Kansas City Star and now a member of the Library's public affairs staff.
This is the violent, profane, angry story of real-life professional fighter Jake LaMotta, who was a champion in the ring and a driven, jealous, impetuous monster in his private life.
Propelled by Robert DeNiro's Oscar-winning performance (he gained 60 pounds to portray the retired, broken-down LaMotta) and a level of cinematic craftsmanship rarely surpassed, Raging Bull is widely regarded as the best American film of the 1980s.
Among its eight Oscar nominations were those for best supporting actor (Joe Pesci) and supporting actress (Cathy Moriarty, only 19 at the time), picture, cinematography, and director.
Above all, Raging Bull tests the limits of our compassion and tolerance.
Admission is free. RSVP online  or call 816.701.3407.
Other titles in the series:
November 18: The Bicycle Thieves (1948)
December 2: The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
December 9: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1939)
January 6: The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
January 13: My Darling Clementine (1946)
January 27: Bringing Up Baby (1938)
February 10: All About Eve (1950)
February 25: Dr. Strangelove (1964)
March 10: The Circus (1928)
March 24: Rear Window (1954)
April 7: Wings of Desire (1987)
April 21: Singin' in the Rain (1952)
May 5: Sunset Boulevard (1950)
May 19: Metropolis (1927)