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Today in Movie History: November 14

We’ll start today with Raging Bull, a movie which not only marks the high point of Martin Scorsese’s longtimeĀ collaboration with Robert De Niro, but pretty much fits with the national mood right now. De Niro won his second Oscar for his portrayal of the indomitable and psychologically damaged Jake La Motta, and when you say an actor of his stature …

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Today in Movie History: June 17

Today starts with Fanny and Alexander, Ingmar Bergman’s swan song about a young brother and sister who have to deal with their monstrous stepfather and in the process blurĀ the distinction between fantasy and reality. It’s as powerful as any of the master’s films and netted Bergman his third and final Oscar for Best Foreign Language film. It opened in the …