Raging Bull screening for Andrea’s Film Club at Chiswick Cinema

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‘The life of a boxer whose violence and temper led him to the top in the ring but destroyed his life outside of it’

Chiswick Cinema is screening the 1980 Martin Scorsese film Raging Bull tonight (Tuesday 2 May) for Andrea Carnevali’s Film Club.

The film, starring Robert de Niro, tells the story of an American professional middleweight boxer nicknamed The Bronx Bull who as a teenager was involved in crime and did time in reform school before becoming successful as a boxer.

Throughout his career he was a rival of Sugar Ray Leonard, with whom he had six fights. The sixth fight, in Chicago on 14 February 1951 stopped in the 13th round, was dubbed the ‘Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre’ of boxing.

Raging Bull was based on a memoir of the boxer’s life, in which he admitted having raped a woman, having beaten his wives, and coming close to beating a man to death during a robbery. It describes how his self-destructive and obsessive rage, jealousy and animalistic appetite destroyed his relationship with his family.

Andrea’s Film Club will be discussing the film after the screening at 7.30pm on Tuesday 2 May. To win a free ticket, email the answer to this question to info@thechiswickcalendar.co.uk

Who is the boxer on whom Raging Bull is based?

Whoever sends the first correct answers we receive will win the tickets. We will let you know asap if you have won, and the tickets will be ready for you to pick up in the evening.

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