The opening title sequence immediately puts the viewer in the world of the film’s character. A boxer, warming up in a ring, is the center of everyone’s attention, but he is all alone. Smoke rises up around him as if it came straight from the flames of the underworld. This place, where pain is inflicted and blood is spilled, is the only world the boxer truly knows. He knows this world so well, in fact, that he unfortunately allows it to become a part of his life outside of it. With this opening scene, done so simply but so effectively, director Martin Scorsese lays the groundwork for his masterpiece, Raging Bull (1980).