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Raging Bull: Filming fight scenes


Raging Bull: The style of fight scenes
Michael Chapman Film-maker
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It's not at all a realistic movie and the fights particularly are not... are very deliberately not realistic and are more like... and this is all from Marty [Martin Scorsese] not from me, by the way; I'm not trying to take credit for it. It... they were like dances; they were very deliberately done like... like various kinds of dances, and they were in fact choreographed... very, very elaborately choreographed with camera moves and... and steps for the actors all worked out, and we'd get... each fight was done in a different style – one was done all with long lenses, one was done... tried to make long... long takes as long as we could.

Michael Chapman (1935-2020), an American cinematographer, had a huge influence on contemporary film-making, working on an impressive array of classic films including 'Taxi Driver', 'Raging Bull', 'The Lost Boys' and 'The Fugitive'.

Listeners: Glen Ade Brown

British Director of Photography and Camera Operator Glen Ade Brown settled in Los Angeles 10 years ago.

He has been working on features, commercials and reality TV. He played an instrumental role in the award-winning ABC Family series "Switched" and is also a recipient of the Telly and the Cine Golden Eagle awards for Best Cinematography. He was recently signed by the Judy Marks Agency and is now listed in her commercial roster.

Tags: fights, boxing, choreography

Duration: 38 seconds

Date story recorded: May 2004

Date story went live: 24 January 2008