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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…
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. This review will be very long, just as the film is, but there’s simply too many details that cannot go unmentioned.
Despite the misleading title, Once Upon A Time in America’s emotional register is more comparable to the work of Italian…
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…
Prohibition ends and the mind descends.
Extended Directors Cut
safe to say I'll have no coherent thoughts on this for a while, but I will say that it's not a movie I took at face value - the location of the ringing phone, for one thing, suggests that what we're seeing isn't the whole story, or at least it's not an entirely accurate account of it.
ERA UMA VEZ NA AMÉRICA
Em um pouco mais de 220 minutos, o cineasta Sergio Leone exibe um competente retrato do estilo de vida dos gângsters ao longo de cinco décadas, acompanhando a trajetória de amigos de infância que acabam se metendo em uma série de conflitos e com o passar do tempo acabam tomando rumos diferentes em suas vidas. Com um elenco afinado encabeçado por Robert De Niro e James Woods, a produção ainda conta com participações de Joe Pesci e Treat Williams, mostrando-se uma das mais vigorosas obras do gênero.
O diretor Sergio Leone exibe seu perfeccionismo e sua técnica ao narrar uma trama extremamente densa repleta de personagens misteriosos e muito longe do tom politicamente correto. Embalado…
Once Upon a Time in America is an amazing crime/drama film. Sergio Leone delivered one of the most fascinating mobster movies that I've ever seen. De Niro's acting is impeccable, James Woods also gave an amazing performance. Story wise is pretty good. If you're wondering if it's about the Italian mob, it's not, which is good in my eyes, I don't have anything against those kinds of movies, I'm just saying Leone gave us something different from what we've seen from directors like Coppola, Scorsese or De Palma. This movie takes place in the roaring 20's and revolves around the Jewish mob, which personally I've never seen any other movie with a similar plot and setting. you might get the…
251min extended director's cut
that thing is more than 4 hours long and i didn't see the time go by. also, don't think i ever so a film that takes you through so many emotions
"I hope the investigation turns out to be nothing. It'd be a shame to see a lifetime of work go to waste."
I've been wanting to talk about this movie for a long time and I felt that now is a good time. Once Upon A Time in America is one of the greatest films I've ever seen. Sergio Leone directs this epic depicting the life of a former Prohibition-era Jewish gangster and his life as a gangster. We've seen movies like this such as goodfellas, and while goodfellas is my favorite movie, I loved the approach this movie took to the genre. This movie spends a big amount of time to introduce us to these characters, get to know…
The scope of this film is astonishing. Everything about this movie is huge: the themes, the visuals, the plot.
It's stunning to see the European release on the big screen, and it's a shame that epic movies like this don't get made anymore.
"I like the stink of the streets. It makes me feel good. And I like the smell of it, it opens up my lungs. And it gives me a hard-on."
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…