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DEADLY VICES 6(2) WRATH          

There are many examples of viciously irascible characters in cinema and literature; a favourite of mine is Martin Scorsese’s (17/Nov/1942 at 00:24am in Flushing, NY) ‘Raging Bull’, the film he made with Robert De Niro (17/Aug/1943 at 3am in Brookling, NY) about the life of famous boxer Jake LaMotta (10/Jul/1921 in NYC, time unknown). Based on LaMotta’s autobiography, the movie portraits the success and fall of a boxer; Scorsese explores the jealousy and destructive attitudes of the boxer towards his own family and different wives. The worst victim of LaMotta is himself.



When he was still a young boy, LaMotta’s father used to push him to fight and then collect the money earned by those fights. This is clearly a case of child abuse, a father is supposed to set the basis of confidence and self esteem in his children; a child exploited in that way must have felt that his father did not care about exposing him to being beating, that his progenitor  only cared about making money using him. Imagine the rage and resentment of this man. Scorsese’s choice of making the film in black and white states that the moral life of this belligerent man was only white and black. One of the most beautiful sequences shows LaMotta (De Niro) in prison banging against the walls, the lighting of the scenes produces two geometrical shapes, one in black, the other in white; we see this reckless man swinging from the shadow to the light and again towards darkness, as if the shadows wanted to swallow him.

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Jake LaMotta
10/Jul/1921
time unknown
in NYC

The fact that LaMotta (still alive) is a cancer tells us how desperately he wanted to be loved and accepted, but the lack of confidence kept him always walking on the edge of the knife, he had no inner space to anchor himself; he also has Sun conjunct Mars (the planet of aggression). Mars oriented people are very competitive and demanding, they want things now, they want to be the best. Scorsese is a Scorpio and has Mars (the planet of aggression) also in this sign squaring Pluto in Leo; his films show some of the most violent scenes in the history of Western cinema, surely this has been a channel to help him release his own rage; but his Scorpio quality provides him with an insight and depth that Mars in other signs is missing.

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Robert De Niro
17/Aug/1943
at 3am
in Brookling, NY 

Robert De Niro is a Leo, a sign who has a tough relation with aggression. Think of Sean Penn (also born on Aug/17), a famous actor involved in many acts of violence. We know that Hercules, a hero Leo who always wore a Lion skin, killed his own children in an attack of fury. We do not know many facts about De Niro’s private life, only that he is an excellent actor, and he won an Oscar with his incarnation of Jake LaMotta. The boxer himself trained him in boxing for several months, De Niro’s Cancer Ascendant created a safe bridge for identification, the chameleon capacity of Cancer is enormous; moreover,  Jupiter and Saturn (planets of discipline and meaningful lessons) of LaMotta’s chart conjunct De Niro’s Mercury and Venus in Virgo. We can be sure that De Niro’s life changed for ever after he made this movie.

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Martin Scorsese
17/Nov/1942
at 00:24am
in Flushing, NY 

Both Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro have the Moon (almost same degree) in Pisces; in synastry this aspect provides a sort of telepathic connection. In many of his films and for many years, De Niro was a real fetish actor for Scorsese. De Niro is also Mars oriented because his Mars in Taurus squares his Sun in Leo. The main three men involved in this feature have a powerful and active Mars in their charts, but each one of them expresses it in a different way.

After too many losses, pain and humiliation, Jake LaMotta learn patience and humility; writing his memories must have been a painful process for him, but also a huge catharsis, completed, I think, when he taught De Niro how to fight in order to incarnate him. It also seems that two of LaMotta’s sons had a premature violent death (liver cancer and car accident).

As spectators of Raging Bull, what can we learn about this masterpiece of Scorsese? First answer would be to feel pity and understanding for such a violent man; this is a hard task because normally we experience anger and hatred towards violent people, we want them to be punished; but thus we fall into the vicious circle of violence. We have to bear in mind that choleric men were usually abused children, and they end up being the worst victims of their own violence.

Second answer would be that we have to recognize our own rage in order to learn how to deal with it in a creative way, as De Niro and Scorsese did. If Mars is a divinity, he also needs to be respected and worshipped as such. We have to use our Mars to fight for what we want according to our Mars’ own potential, it can be physical, intellectual or artistic. We have to overcome the fear of living and the fear of expressing ourselves.(the end)

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by xavier_astro | 2012-06-15 00:00 | 心理  

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