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Once Upon a Time in America
Crime, passion and lust for power - Sergio Leone's explosive saga of gangland America.
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've viewed pretty much the main body of Sergio Leone's work. Once Upon a Time in America is the best of them all. In my mind, now, I don't think any gangster film will ever top this. Including The Godfather. Also including The Godfather Part II.
At a four hour run time, you would expect to get restless... right? Wrong. The time just... passes.
Perfect in almost every way.
Robert De Niro shines in a masterpiece of epic proportions, every ounce of emotion is pulled like taffy with this film. It's great to see Sergio Leone doing films other then Westerns.
I watched the Blu-ray of the "Extended Director's Cut" for the first time tonight. It was an early Christmas present from my wife.
It’s inconceivable to me, how anyone viewing this great film would not be moved, excited & ultimately overwhelmed by it. For starters the film has had a very rocky road, but there is now on dvd the most complete and restored version of the film with 22 minutes of missing footage added including the sequence with Louise Fletcher, making this version the one that Sergio Leone wanted the world to see.
The missing footage adds some clarity to the film, but the scenes are grainy and washed out because they had to work with scrapes of take-outs and you can tell by the poor quality that this is the missing footage. Overall I prefer the previous 229 minute digital dvd version…
Once Upon a Time in America, The final film directed by Sergio Leone, is a film packed with great performances, fantastic cinematography, and a wonderful score. However, I found myself starting to become exhausted of the story about 2 and a half hours into the film. I felt that the story by itself was pretty interesting, but I also feel that there was really no need for the film to be 4 hours long. I should probably mention that I am a big fan of Leone's two other well known epics (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly & Once Upon a Time in the West), of which I actually had no issues with the run time or the…
As much a story of a friendship over time as it is an epic tale of gangsters and crime. The comparisons to The Godfather are tempting but unfounded; the latter intends to be a full-blooded crime drama, while the other utilizes gangs as a backdrop to a character study of guilt, nostalgia, and catharsis. Once Upon A Time in America may wear its heart on its sleeve a little too much at times, but it remains an eminently powerful journey with some excellent performances.
Words can't do this film justice, least of all my limited and uneducated words. Once Upon a Time in America is not a gangster film, nor a crime film, and i honestly find it difficult to call it a film. its purpose isn't to tell a story or entertain. It isn't defined by its boastful cast or elaborate production design. It is simply art in its simplest and most definitive terms. The film forces introspection, demands self reflection, and rewards those who "get" this. And don't be mistaken, that isn't to insult the intelligence of anyone who doesn't get pulled in, it is simply to say this work (much like all others but to a greater extent in my biased…
Buena pelicula, gran producción pero en ningún momento me ató por completo su historia a pesar de sus poco más de 3 horas y media de duración.
Robert De Niro grandioso como siempre.
Just about all the incidents in this 3-hour-and-47-minute film echo scenes in Hollywood gangster movies, but the director, Sergio Leone, inflates them, slows them down, and gives them a dreamy obsessiveness. He transmutes the lower East Side settings of those gangster movies to give the genre a richer, more luxuriant visual texture. His widescreen view of a group of Jewish kids who start with petty crime and move into big-time racketeering is set in 1921, 1933, and 1968, but not in that order. His theme is the betrayal of the immigrants' dream of America, and the story begins and ends in an opium den where Noodles (Robert De Niro) puffs on a pipe while episodes of his life of killings…
Sergio Leone's movies, to me, are lot like being served an oversized bowl of homemade gourmet spaghetti and meatballs, only the chef was drunk when he made them, and they were knocked off of the table and stomped on before you were able to eat them. All the ingredients are there, but the presentation and final result are an inconsistent mess. One or two meatballs come out perfect, but the rest...?
I've seen Once Upon a Time in America before, in some fashion. It's a movie that has undergone numerous revisions. This month, I watched the longest available cut of Leone's epic, the one that clocks in at 229 minutes. It's four hours of never-dull but half-formulated and lifeless plot…
All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1187. An easy way of seeing how…