We’re back after a couple of days off to process the murder-suicide pact my nation signed last Tuesday. We’ll start with Raging Bull, a movie which not only marks the high point of Martin Scorsese’s longtime 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 has never been better, that means a lot. It opened today in 1980.
Elsewhere, we find Ingmar Bergman’s The Virgin Spring, the story of a medieval peasant (Max Von Sydow) who discovers that his daughter’s killers have unknowingly taken shelter in his home. One guess what happens next. Besides its amazing qualities in and of itself, it also served as the inspiration for Wes Craven’s The Last House on the Left. It opened today in the United States in 1960.