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35mm Martin Scorsese's RAGING BULL at the Vista, Los Feliz

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Vista Theatre

4473 Sunset Drive

Los Angeles, CA 90027

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Part of our THE INSPIRATION & THE INSPIRED series. Saturday, August 24, 2019 @ 11:59p, The Vista: RAGING BULL (1980, Park Circus, dir by Martin Scorsese, 35mm)

. . .in the late 1970’s Martin Scorsese was on the ropes. Coming off a second divorce, a movie that didn’t do well at the box office (New York, New York), and a self-destructive period of extreme cocaine use and hospitalization, Martin Scorsese thought he might never live to see another day. And if he did that he might have to leave movies behind, go to Italy, and make small movies about the lives of the Saints.

During one particularly self-immolating period in which Scorsese found himself in the hospital on the brink of death, Robert De Niro came in, gave Scorsese the book to RAGING BULL and admonished Scorsese to get better, get out of the hospital bed, and come make it with him.

At first, Scorsese had no idea what to do with a movie about boxing, a topic for which he had no personal experience or feeling.

But then in reading about all the self-destructive behavior middleweight champion Jake LaMotta inflicted on himself and those around him, Scorsese realized he was, in a way, reading a book about his own life. And he knew what he had to do.

He had to make a movie about surviving one’s worst impulses and coming out the other end.

Raging Bull, which Scorsese shot in black and white partly because of a fear of how the color film stock of the time was fading, is one of Scorsese’s and Robert De Niro’s absolute greatest collaborations.

Joe Pesci also stars for the first time (and last time as a relatively non-violent character) as La Motta’s brother and sometime trainer Joey. Cathy Moriarty, only 17 at the time of the making of the movie, stars as La Motta’s second wife Vikki.

Together they form the nucleus of the story of how boxer Jake La Motta won and lost everything because of his inability to control his self-destructive jealous nature. And then, miraculously. . .

Raging Bull pulses with the blood of On The Waterfront in its veins. One only needs to note the focus on a story of conflicted brothers, the American neorealist black and white photography, the attention to detail of working class New York Italian neighborhoods to see its parentage.

And yet, Raging Bull is all Scorsese and De Niro as well. It is, in the end, a deeply profound parable about a man who once was blind but now can see. A man who was dead and then was brought back to life and humanity. Scorsese has often said, in the end, La Motta survived. That’s all. That may be. But there is still something redemptive in the movie. Somehow by being unflinching and unsparing, Scorsese and De Niro earn La Motta’s redemption, however small-time it may be.

The movie ends with a scene that makes explicit its debt to On The Waterfront. Yet never once does it feel like homage. Instead, it feels like a son, speaking a prayer to a dead father, hoping, somehow, somewhere, his father will hear the prayer and absolve his son of the sins he carries on his soul. . .

Best always,

Craig Hammill

35mm Secret Movie Club Programmer.Organizer


TICKETS: Tickets for all our events are available online at https://secretmovieclub.eventbrite.com or through each individual event on our Facebook Page:


Unless otherwise noted, all our movies screen at The Vista Theater, 4473 Sunset Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027.

We currently are showing 1-2 documentaries with Director Q&A's afterwards a season at the Los Feliz 3, 1822 North Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90027; about 8 blocks from the Vista Theater in Los Feliz.

We also make tickets available at the Vista Box Office.

REFUNDS: We will honor all refund requests as long as they are made 24 hours or more before the listed start time of the screening. After that, no refunds. Sorry.

HOW DOES A SECRET MOVIE CLUB 2019 SINGLE SEASON or MULTI-SEASON ALL-ACCESS PASS WORK: If you buy an SEASON or MULTI-SEASON ALL-ACCESS PASS (access to all movies we’re showing within one season or multi-seasons as listed on the pass), you get entrance into every single movie we show throughout that time (including any special events we may announce at a later time; so your value may increase!). We offer SPRING and SUMMER 2019 SEASON PASSES individually (for example, if you know you will be able to attend in Spring but not Summer; a great deal at $6 a ticket) and a MULTI-SEASON PASS (all 83 events in both Spring & Summer 2019, our best deal at $4.50 per ticket). These passes are available through the following EVENTBRITE LINK:


If you decide to buy the SEASON or MULTI-SEASON ALL-ACCESS PASS and have already bought a series pass or individual ticket, just write us: secretmovieclub@curiousproductions.com and we’ll issue you a refund for the individual tickets you bought so you can get the all-access pass.

Each pass is available for purchase online until the start of the first event of the season that would be covered by that pass.

With the ALL-ACCESS PASS, we generate a special list with your name on it. All you have to do is come to our table ahead of each movie, give us your name, and get your ticket.

HOW DOES A SERIES PASS WORK: If you buy an Individual Series Pass, you gain entrance to all movies in that series. This is our next best deal at $9 a ticket after an All-Access pass at $4.50 or $6.00 a ticket. If you want to see all the movies in a particular series but not necessarily all the movies in a season this is the way to go.

The price of each Series Pass depends on how many movies we show in that series. So for instance if we are showing 7 movies in the series, the pass would cost $63 (or $9 per movie). If we are showing 4 movies in that series, the pass would cost $36, and so on.

You can buy the Series Pass through any individual Eventbrite link for a movie in that series. Then, we generate a special list with your name on it. All you have to do is come to our table ahead of each movie, give us your name, and get your ticket.

MOVIEPASS AND OTHER PASSES LIKE IT (as of February 2019): While we do accept and want you to use your special passes, we advise all moviegoers to first check the current rules and regulations of their pass to make sure their pass is accepted for our events. Secret Movie Club and the Vista Theater are not associated with nor responsible for any changes in policy on the part of any outside vendor offering a pass to Los Angeles screenings or any similar service.

CONCESSIONS: The Vista Concessions stand is open for all our events. So you will always have access to popcorn, soda, candy, coffee the works!

PARKING: The Vista has no dedicated parking lot. Thankfully, there is parking in the residential areas around the Vista Theater. Just plan to get to the theater 20 minutes earlier than normal so you have enough time to park, walk to the theater, get your tickets, get in line. Make sure you read the street signs! Hillhurst and Sunset Drive tend to be the best for street parking. Avoid Rosalia and Commonwealth as they have permit-only parking rules. We don’t want any Secret Movie Clubbers getting parking tickets.

SHOWTIMES: We screen our movies before or after the Vista’s official movies. This is why most of our showtimes are either at 11:59pm or between 10am-11am in the morning. Always check the listed showtime before buying your ticket as we do sometimes have to adjust the showtime to accommodate the running time of the movie.

MAILING LIST: We started as a secret email list way back in April of 2016. In respect to our origins, we will always announce our upcoming seasons, special events, and speakers with the ability to get tickets via the email list first before posting to Facebook or anywhere else. If you’d like to get on the secret email list, email us at: secretmovieclub@curiousproductions.com.

OTHER QUESTIONS: You can always email us at: secretmovieclub@curiousproductions.com . We work to respond asap within receipt of your email. If you don't get a response within 48 hours, please email us again.

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