chapter  4
The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre in Raging Bull (1980)
Pages 14

Comparing Raging Bull to other boxing films like City for Conquest and Body and Soul, cinematographer Michael Chapman commented, “Bobby De Niro is a better fighter than any of those [other actors]. He looks and moves like a fighter. He has the punches and convincingness of a fighter, much more so. With [James] Cagney or [John] Garfield, you always have a sense that they are actors portraying a fighter. But Bobby is really a fighter. He spent a year not doing anything, just working out every day, obsessively.”