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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 spanning decades. Taking place in 1920 to 1960 America the film follows a group Jewish gangsters from childhood into their glory years of the prohibition and as they reunite in their 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…
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, very much actually. I’m not able to give it a character though, not until a rewatch.
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.
Watch the 229 minute version instead of the 144 minute one. Trust me, it makes a world of a difference
Pretty much a masterpiece. It's as if Tornetore, Tarantino and Polanski got together and made an epically long gangster picture.
Except Leone did it. And did it WELL!
Sergio Leone's final film, the decade spanning crime drama Once Upon A Time In America, stars Robert De Niro as Noodles, a prohibition era gangster who at the start of the film you see fleeing Manhattan for reasons not fully known. During the 3 hours and 45 minutes the film lasts, you get to see his childhood, the area he grew up in and how his street smarts got him into trouble and eventually organised crime, kind of like a non-musical Bugsy Malone - and of not much better quality - interspersed with scenes from his adult life running the rackets with his partner in crime, played by James Woods, and through to the eventual present day, which sees him…
Sin duda es una obra maestra inabarcable y misteriosa.
Sergio Leone's massive crime epic about Prohibition Era Jewish hoods was a fascinatingly told story that had me emotionally invested in its characters and deeply engrossed by its narrative structure.
I was of course expectant of Leone's masterful direction and assured of an overall amazing film from him, but to be honest, I had never imagined that at over four hours it would still turn out to be such an exceptionally immersive experience.
From the get-go the film had me hooked. While Leone's visual style was effectively enchanting, the mysterious and slow burning nature of the plot expertly built the tension and kept evoking the promise in the story.
The story which unfolds at a dreamy pace sees an old…
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