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Raging Bull: Using the mechanics of movie-making


Raging Bull: Oscars
Michael Chapman Film-maker
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We sort of knew... I don't know if we knew it was going to be a great movie or something, or if we knew... but we knew we were doing, we knew the self-consciousness was sort of paying off you know, and I guess it did, I guess it did. I don't know. And then I didn't win the Oscar, but in a curious way I sort of... in the... in the court of public opinion I did, because everybody assumes I won the Oscar – years later, they all... so there's some way in which I did, but in fact I didn't, and Marty [Martin Scorsese] didn't, which is really much sadder. I forget who won.

[Q] But Robert [De Niro] won the Oscar for best actor, didn't he?

Bobby won for best actor and Thelma won for best editor, but Marty didn't win, which is really ridiculous; I can't remember what... what was the movie? Oh, the movie that was best director was... Robert Redford won for Ordinary People and Marty didn't win. I mean, that's... that’s pathetic.

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: Raging Bull, Ordinary People, Robert De Niro, Thelma Schoonmaker, Robert Redford

Duration: 58 seconds

Date story recorded: May 2004

Date story went live: 24 January 2008