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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…
There were two things I couldn't get out of my mind. One was Dominic, the way he said, "I slipped", just before he died. The other was you. How you used to read me your Song of Songs, remember?
"How beautiful are your feet
In sandals, O prince's daughter."
I used to read the Bible every night. Every night I used to think about you.
"Your navel is a bowl
Well-rounded with no lack of wine
Your belly, a heap of wheat
Surrounded with lilies
Clusters of grapes
Your breath, sweet-scented as apples."
Nobody's gonna love you the way I loved you. At times I couldn't stand it. I used to think of you. I'd think, "Deborah lives. She's out there. She exists."
And that would get me through it all. You know how important that was to me?
Lo más sorprendente de la película es que tenga más interés segun avanza y no como otras pelis largas que lo que hacen normalmente es que me acaben aburriendo o que ya no me interese nada de lo que pasa.
Aunque la dirección, el montaje y la música son bestiales, a mí me ha impactado mucho más el reparto y el casting. Aplausos.
So much movie is happening here. And while it's a beautiful film to look at made on the same kind of epic scale as The Godfather (perhaps an even bigger one), it's several leagues below that one in quality.
It's easy to focus on how much better this one could have been, rather than how it's still a pretty good movie. At three fours and 49 minutes I guess I was expecting more. There's a lot to like about it though. Morricone is as much a director of the film as Leone, controlling the tone and emotion in one of his more beautiful scores (if not less distinctive). The violence is brutal and that pink blood reeks of 70's special…
Crime films are a tricky, tricky thing. Romanticize it too much and it feels like villain worship, and deconstruct it too much and it's too damn downtrodden to watch. How Sergio Leone manages to push aside both of those spectrums and create a sentimental tragedy on time is just freakin' marvelous, man. And damn, I love laid-back DeNiro in his prime.
First off, despite a run time of three hours and forty nine minutes, the film flies by - that for me is always the mark of good editing and storytelling. The acting, while nothing exceptional, is incredibly human; no character here is a gangster stereotype, which is not only refreshing, but helps anchor you gently into the story. Sergio…
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Task # 12: A director's final film (RIP)
No matter what genre Sergio Leone focused on, he always managed to make something great. That’s also the case with his last movie, the intriguing gangster story “Once Upon a Time in America”.
The start of the movie is already fascinating. Different images that seem incoherent: the murder on a blond woman, opium smoking Robert De Niro, a montage of memories, all combined with a constantly ringing phone. We don’t know what it all means, but we are hooked.
The cinematography and montage isn’t only effective, but also beautiful. A wonderfully shot scene is where the youngest member of a group…
"I have a story also, a little simpler than yours. Many years ago, I had a friend, a dear friend. I turned him in to save his life, but he was killed. But he wanted it that way. It was a great friendship. But it went bad for him, and it went bad for me too."
That's how you get on my Top Ten List .
Although I might not like this as much as Goodfellas, it's definitely the runner up for my favorite mob film of all. This is Leone's masterpiece.
I can't believe I waited this long to watch it. The 4 hour running time kept me away, but Leone and De Niro pulled me in and,…
A film that puts two butts directly where they belong: James Woods' in a throne and Jennifer Connelly's in our line of sight.
This movie is sprawling and on the one hand is quite an undertaking to get through. The runtime is one thing, but it is coupled with the fact that Leone chooses to use a non-linear narrative in telling an epic story that spans fifty years. So in the end it took every bit of my concentration to try and make sense of the story, to keep the many, many characters and their arcs straight, and to do so in such a way that could still let me enjoy what was going on.
But while it is an undertaking, amazingly it never became a chore. That is because in the moment this movie is captivating and at its core is the…
Once Upon a Time in America is the final film of Sergio Leone. Leone more know for his western gunslingers such as The Good The Bad and The Ugly and Once Upon a time in the West. In this film Leone focus on an different type of gunslinger one even more infamous ... The Gangster. The film follows Noodles an aged retired gangster who returns to New York and reflects of his life there, from his childhood to the Prohibition era and finally the 60's.While the film may seem like a film solely focused on gangster it is far more than that with the underlying theme to it being friendship. The way the film cuts back and forward between Noodles…
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