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Leger Grindon

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781604739886

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604739886.001.0001

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Art and Genre in Raging Bull (1980)

Art and Genre in Raging Bull (1980)

(p.231) 8 Art and Genre in Raging Bull (1980)

Leger Grindon

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter examines the film, Raging Bull. It reviews the film’s production history and reception, and then analyzes the genre conventions governing plot, character, setting/iconography, mise-en-scène, and its dramatic conflicts to understand how Raging Bull adopts and transforms these practices to achieve its artistry. An awareness of the interaction of genre conventions with cinematic art offers an illuminating perspective on Raging Bull—for many the most stellar achievement of the Hollywood boxing film.

Keywords:   boxing film genre, American boxing films, genre conventions, cinematic arts

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