RAGING BULL 12.40AM, ABC
Every element that rendered Raging Bull an instant classic is immaculately preserved in a vicious vacuum. You can hardly miss them: director Martin Scorsese’s abrasive, unsparing assault on his real- life subject, ex- champion boxer Jake LaMotta. The ruthless, in- your- face B& W camera work. Robert De Niro’s method- propelled morphing into LaMotta, the bloated monster. Pure genius.