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A former Prohibition-era Jewish gangster returns to the Lower East Side of Manhattan over thirty years later, where he once again must confront the ghosts and regrets of his old life.
The Greatest Gangster Film Ever. I’m Not Kidding. I Seriously Think This Is Far Superior To The Godfather.
I’ve been sitting at my keyboard for approximately an hour, and I haven’t been able to type a single letter until now. I have recently re-watched what I consider to be possibly my favourite film of all time, Once Upon a Time in America. I have assigned myself with the nearly impossible task of reviewing the film. How can I even begin to express the strange beauty of the film? The nostalgia? The sadness of Ennio Morricone’s theme? How can I begin to explain how genius the story is?
When I first saw Once Upon a Time in America my…
Sergio Leone's Once Upon a Time in America, with no exaggeration, is one of the most moving and potent cinematic experiences that I have ever had. It's a combination of everything that made me love the cinema: Immaculate cinematography, wonderful direction, a tight and free-flowing screenplay, underlying themes woven throughout the film, pitch-perfect editing, incredible performances......
This film has EVERYTHING.
Simultaneously a gangster story, a coming-of-age fable, and an ode to aging; the film cuts between these three feelings and time-periods, all with the same characters but with each of them in different stages of development. Both physically and emotionally, the audience gets a grasp of their lives throughout the 3hr and 50 minute run-time. For most of the…
.... a Godfather parody from Sergio Leone?
This film tried so hard to be something great and turned into anything but. So many were terribly miscast, from Noodles Jr. to adult Deborah, and the intricate weaving of past & present did nothing to engage me. Certain setpieces and acts of violence were too heavy-handed. There wasn't nearly enough Joe Pesci. The characters themselves were uninteresting and often times laughable ('.... you're crazy'.... 'don't SAY THAT!!!' ). Only a few things kept me around for the long 230 minute runtime: the abundance of beautiful shots, the score from Morricone that was perfection when it worked (like the instrumental version of Yesterday), the presence of the great actors themselves, and a hope that…
I kinda hate gangster films. This isn't a new idea to me, but this film more or less crystalized what I hate about them. In short, gangsters are not Robin Hood. They do not rob from the rich to give to the poor. They do not empower the poor; they feed off of them. They do not fight injustice disguised as law; they simply treat the law as coincidental. The closest argument you have is that they gave immigrant populations recourse to power in a system that hated them, and that is certainly true. But you rarely see them wield that power toward anything but assimilating into the system in a backward sort of way. While some gangster films have…
When I first saw Once Upon A Time in America I was at a stage in my life where gangster films were still unappealing to me. At a young age, I found the distinctly masculine overtones and confusing crime structures of classics like Goodfellas and The Godfather to be somewhat disengaging. Sergio Leone’s gangster epic stands out in my mind as the first time I felt genuinely drawn in on an emotional level by a film of this sort.
Despite the misleading title, Once Upon A Time in America’s emotional register is more comparable to the work of Italian filmmakers like Giuseppe Tornatore or Luchino Visconti than it is to the work of Coppola or Scorsese. It is made by…
I guess 4-hour movies go by faster than 3-hour movies do...
This could've been half the length. Especially if you cut all the uncomfortable sex scenes.
I really liked the first half but TBH I can't pretend I wasn't bored by the end
One of my top 100.
Sergio Leone's masterpiece and, in my opinion, his second greatest film behind Once Upon a Time in the West. This extremely long (nearly 4 hours) film travels backward and forward through time between the late 40s and pre prohibition and profiles the life of a Jewish gangster played by Robert DeNiro.
This film should be considered the centerpiece for period mob movie, it belongs right alongside The Godfather and just above Goodfellas. Sometimes it's surreal the amount of effort Sergio Leone placed into this film. A true masterwork of period drama and gangster genre filmmaking.
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Großartiger Film, der sich viel Zeit für Atmosphäre nimmt und das auch wirklich rechtfertigt. Leider habe ich anscheinend die Fassung gesehen, wo das Kennenlernen von Eve nicht genauer dargestellt wurde, daher wirkte das Auftreten von ihr als Freundin etwas plump.
Insanely long but never boring. De Niro's character is both likeable and detestable at the same time. Definitely some tough-to-watch scenes.
What a colossal waste of four hours!
I guess you could call this a coming of age story, however one with absolutely no redeemable qualities. "Noodles" (De Niro) is a rapist piece of shit, along with all his friends who have equally low respect for women. Now clearly this is a very long film with a lot more to it, but it left an extraordinarily bad taste in my mouth. It's hard to feel sympathy for such assholes as these. Perhaps that is the point, but an ill-made one. It is told in confusing flash-backs with a total lack of interest or intrigue, I wasn't captivated by the story at any point. I wish I could have spared myself and watched something even mildly entertaining on my sick day, but look at all the good reviews! Maybe I'm missing something, but I thought this a very poor excuse for a film
I guess 4-hour movies go by faster than 3-hour movies do...
Me ha generado un torbellino de contradicciones. Por partes.
El innegable poder estilístico que tiene Leone y como a través de todos sus recursos (ya antes ensayados) crea un lenguaje propio que es un referente en el cine posterior. Carisma.
El universo y el ambiente en un maravilloso ver correr los años con planos y lugares que quedarán en la historia del cine.
Actores tan reconocibles como sublimes y la música del gran maestro italiano de todos los tiempos.
Una historia potente sobre la amistad y el paso del tiempo.
Y en medio de todo lo bueno que tiene, por momentos todo se pierde: Escenas inconexas que no pintan, música al borde de la saciedad, elementos repetitivos que hacen que…
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