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Once Upon a Time in America
Crime, passion and lust for power - Sergio Leone's explosive saga of gangland America.
Though Sergio Leone is primarily known for his westerns, his final film is a sweeping gangster epic with meditations on friendship, loyalty, and the passage of time. Spanning decades, the film follows a group of Jewish gangsters from childhood into their glory years of prohibition, and their eventual reunion in later years.
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…
.... 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…
Once Upon a Time in America manages to capture everything that is great about cinema. Everything about it is perfect.
Right from the start, Sergio Leone impresses technically, with many elegantly smooth transitions, like one of the very last shots in the movie, where the rear lights of a garbage truck driving away suddenly turns into the front lights of a car from the 30s (correct me on that if that's wrong) filled with men and women partying. Earlier in the movie, after Noodles returns to New York, he goes into the bathroom at Moe's place, and starts peeking through a hole in the wall. Suddenly we're in 1920s New York. A young Noodles…
Reviewing this film is somewhat difficult because it's neither like the usual crime epics nor like any of the films that director Sergio Leone has made before, including his classic westerns. Running at nearly 4-hours of excessive runtime, Once Upon a Time in America failed terribly in living up to my expectations and turned out to be a major disappointment. The story begins brilliantly but then goes on for over 3 hours covering themes of friendship, greed, betrayal, love & loss in a painfully slow manner that was far less absorbing & more frustrating only to wrap itself up in the end with an ambiguous but fruitless conclusion.
While the slow pace did give a huge amount of extra time for character…
Sergio Leone was offered the directing chair for The Godfather.
He declined, instead choosing to make this epic film.
Because he did not direct The Godfahter, Coppola did.
Coppola then made The Conersation, Godfather 2 and Apocalypse Now, which are all masterpieces. He later made more good films.
Because of his oscar winning performance in Godfather 2, Scorsese was able to make Taxi Driver with De-Niro.
So in a very twisted way, becuse Leone refused to direct the Godfather, we got this masterpiece, Coppola's entire career, and Scorsese's Taxi Driver.
Why am I writing this in my review?
Simply because Once Upon a Time in America needs no…
I dunno, probably not very good b/c of the version I watched, might be interesting to see a longer version if it exists.
Godfather from the eyes of Sergio Leone
Some films have histories which are too big to ignore, and Once Upon a Time in America is certainly one of them. This four hour gangster epic was famously chopped by The Ladd company for its American release and the film suffered for it. However the longer cut which played to acclaim at the Cannes Film Festival has since come to light and is widely hailed as a masterpiece. Well, there is a lot of greatness to the film, but I'm not convinced it's a masterpiece. First, the good. This film is gorgeous. Of all of Sergio Leone's films, this one had the highest production values and it really shows. The time periods on display are recreated excellently, with both…
I will rewatch this soon.
The Extended Director's Cut comes out on Blu-Ray September 30th!!!
This was one great tale, a great tale dramatized in a rough, sentimental and realistic way; it didn’t leave anything out, and showed everything as they should. It had great music, great acting, and was generally well made. But all though it was good dramatized I think the plot itself lacked the extraordinary, and the narrative, all though mostly being good, was unclear as certain points. Also I can’t see any real message here, thematically it also lacked. It was no complexity in it – my point here being that it didn’t have enough elements of quality beyond the well dramatized surface. And even though it is long it never got boring.
This was good, I think. I liked it,…
It's lop-sided and
Top-heavy, so I like it
Less than most people.
A statement should be made about a film that spans 4 decades in 4 hours and rarely ever loses my attention or interest in any scene.
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