Jake La Motta: “did you fuck my wife ?” (Raging Bull)

Jake La Motta (Robert De Niro): Did you fuck my wife ?

Joey La Motta (Joe Pesci): What ?!

Jake La Motta: Did you fuck my wife ?

Joey La Motta: [pauses, looks insulted] How could you ask me a question like that ? How could you ask me ? I’m your brother. You ask me that ? Where do you get your balls big enough to ask me that ?

Jake La Motta: [cooly] Just tell me.

Joey La Motta: I’m not answerin’ ya. I’m not gonna answer that. It’s stupid.

Jake La Motta: You’re very smart Joey. You give me all these answers, but you ain’t givin’ me the right answer. I’m askin’ ya again. Did you or did you not?

Joey La Motta: [frightened but controlled] I’m not gonna answer. That’s a sick question, you’re a sick fuck, and I’m not that sick that I’m gonna answer it. I’m not tellin’ ya anything… I’m gonna leave.

If Lenore calls, tell her I went home. I’m not staying in this nuthouse with you, you’re a sick mess, I feel sorry for ya, I really do. You know what you should do ? Try a little more fuckin’ and a little less eatin’. You won’t have troubles upstairs in your bedroom and you won’t pick it up on me and everybody else.

Do you understand, you fuckin’ wacko? You’re crackin’ up! Fuckin’ screwball, ya ! [walks out the door]

From Raging Bull, 1980.


Des dents de la mer au journal télévisé de TF1


Vous connaissez tous le générique crescendo des Dents de la mer: ta ta ta ta ta ta… dans la même veine que celui de Psychose, on entend cela une fois et on ne l’oublie jamais.

Mais saviez-vous que vous l’entendez tous les soirs lorsque vous regardez le journal télévisé de 20h sur TF1 ? Petite démonstration :

Maintenant vous savez pourquoi le journal télévisé vous angoisse. La peur et l’insécurité font vendre, c’est bien connu. Mais je m’interroge tout de même : à force d’être sevré d’angoisse inconsciente à doses plus ou moins régulières (il n’y a pas que le 20h dans la journée), nous devrions acquérir une certaine résistance au stress et prendre une certaine distance par rapport aux évènements. Or cela n’a pas l’air d’être le cas. Pourquoi ?

If you’re going to try, go all the way

If you're going to try, go all the way Henry Chinaski (Matt Dillon) : If you’re going to try, go all the way. Otherwise don’t even start.

This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives, jobs, and maybe your own mind.
It could mean not eating for three or four days.
It could mean freezing on a park bench.
It could mean jail.
It could mean derision.
It could mean mockery. Isolation.

Isolation is the gift. All the others are tests of your endurance. Of how much you really want to do it. And you’ll do it, despite rejection in the worst odds. And it’ll be better than anything else you can imagine.

If you’re going to try, go all the way.

There’s no other feeling like that, you will be alone with the gods and the nights will flame with fire. You’ll ride life straight to perfect laughter. It’s the only good fight there is.

– From Factotum

Tommy DeVito : “what do ya mean, funny ?” (GoodFellas)

Joe Pesci

Tommy DeVito (Joe Pesci): Oh, oh, Anthony. He’s a big boy, he knows what he said. What did you say? Funny how?

Henry Hill (Ray Liotta): It’s…

Tommy DeVito: What?

Henry Hill: Just… ya know, you’re, you’re funny.

Tommy DeVito: What do ya mean, funny? Let me understand this cause, I don’t know maybe it’s me, I’m a little fucked up maybe, but I’m funny how? I mean, funny like I’m a clown, I amuse you? I make you laugh… I’m here to fuckin’ amuse you? What do you mean funny, funny how? How am I funny?

Henry Hill: You know, how you tell a story, what?

Tommy DeVito: No, no, I don’t know… you said it. How do I know? You said I’m funny. How the fuck am I funny, what the fuck is so funny about me? Tell me! Tell me what’s funny!

Henry Hill: Get the fuck outta here, Tommy!

Tommy DeVito: Ya motherfucker, I almost had him, I almost had him! Ya stutterin’ prick ya! Frankie, was he shakin’?

– From GoodFellas (1990).

Jake La Motta : Raging Bull’s opening speech

That\'s entertainment!

In voice-over, Jake La Motta (Robert De Niro) speaks, as the film cuts to La Motta, alone in his dressing room where he rehearses for his nightclub appearance reciting bits of Shakespearean tragedy, wearing a tuxedo and open shirt.

His fantasy of disrobing in the ring presents the film’s recurrent theme of sexual anxiety, violence, fear, and confusion :

I remember those cheers
They still ring in my ears
And for years they’ll remain in my thoughts
Cuz one night I took off my robe
And what’d I do
I forgot to wear shorts.
I recall every fall, every hook, every jab
The worst way a guy could get rid of his flab
As you know, my life was a jab…
Though I’d rather hear you cheer
When I delve into Shakespeare
“A Horse, a Horse, my Kingdom for a Horse,”
I haven’t had a winner in six months (he lights his cigar)…

I know I’m no Olivier
But if he fought Sugar Ray
He would say
That the thing ain’t the ring
It’s the play.
So gimme a stage
Where this bull here can rage
And though I can fight
I’d much rather recite

That’s entertainment !

That’s entertainment.

– From Raging Bull