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Martin Scorcese and the absence of family life

There is an absence of  family life in Martin Scorsese's Raging Bull and Taxi Driver?  The only family in Taxi Driver is Iris’s (strictly off-screen and marginal); neither Jimmy Doyle nor Francine Evans appear to have any parents; Jake LaMotta’s are mentioned but never seen, and are allowed no explicit influence on the film’s events.

It is as if Scorsese felt compelled to resist and repress any confrontation with the ways in which the individual is constructed within and by the family.’ 

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