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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…
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…
"You're in no position to exercise your will."
freedom is a trap, destiny is a fluke. you can do anything you want except escape yourself.
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…
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.
I think it's ambition occasionally becomes to much for the film to handle but even so, very few films attempt a story this epic, and in most ways it does succeed in telling a tragic story of friends trying to become more than just the street punks they started off as. At 4 hours long the uncut version is one of the most intense experiences I've had. Watch this movie.
One of the classic mafia movies. Leone perfectly sets up a mafia atmosphere.
I am always glad when others enjoy a film I just don't understand. I have to admit, I gave up after 11 minutes. I just couldn't take the constant telephone ringing.
I will come back to this one in the future.
Beautiful photography, but something is missing in one of the lasts Leone's films. It seens like the movie is too much ambitious to tell the story of one gangster with so many details and stops. And look: its already long
250 min extended version with Louise Fletcher.
My opinion of this film has not changed since it was recorded several months ago, it is a masterful film that deals seamlessly with many of the central concerns of human life: childhood, coming of age, friendship, ambition, hypocrisy, corruption, violence, aggression, love, guilt, betrayal, redemption, forgiveness and the passing of time. It is haunting and resonant and beautiful and nothing in the new extended director's cut does anything to change that. While on a technical level the restored footage is rather poor visually, having come from working prints struck at the time and not negatives, it does enrich the story somewhat by smoothing the transitions in places where it was apparent before that something had been cut out, by…
Extended directors cut.
Didn't expect to like this so much considering I wasn't fond of Once Upon A Time in the West.
The first 37 minutes were really confusing, but then the story really started and the characters were really likable. I still have some unanswered questions though and some parts were a bit confusing. It is a long movie, but I was so intrigued by the plot I didn't really notice.
For some strange reason something about this reminded me of The Shining, but I don't know why I kept thinking about that.
Now we have a 4 hours and 11 minutes version of Leone's masterpiece. The new scenes don't add nothing new but if a 6 hour version shows up tomorrow I'll watch it too. This movie is just perfect. Everything. Just perfect. That score by Morricone that makes you wanna weep. That whipped cream pastry scene. That Dominic death scene. The cock insurance story. That horny Tuesday Weld. That kid stuff scene. That beautiful, heartbreaking dinner for two only scene. That back of the car scene. That phone call. That final conversation, man, it's one of the most moving, strangest, beautifully executed scenes I've ever seen. One of my all time favorites.
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