|Jake LaMotta in 1952 (Public Domain)|
After years “of being at war with everyone all the time,” Jake LaMotta (at least his cinematic version) was certainly weary. When he wasn’t beating up on others, he was beating up on himself. Willing to endure “horrific” punishment in the ring, LaMotta believed that such “judgment” was deserved.
Miller observed that there is no happily-ever-after for LaMotta in this movie, only an aching progression toward doom. Perhaps this was LaMotta’s actual fate - hopefully not. Hopefully, rage became realization, and realization became redemption.
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