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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…
Very good movie in overall but irregular, also it's too long. The first part is the best for me, I didn't know how it was going to develop itself throughout, but then I lost my interest in the story afterwards. It can be said that it didn't connect with me emotionally.
Stylistically speaking, this film is perfect. The cinematography and music are incredibly beautiful.
The film is obviously a cinematic masterpiece, in my opinion the best Sergio Leone, and deserves all of its praise and more; I have watched the uncut version, almost five hours long, and I have not lost interest for a minute.
The only thing I didn't like was the role and treatment of women; there's really no avoiding that this is a film about men in a men's world, and women are consequently treated as objects of pleasure, idolatry or violence, but never it seems as women, people. This, however, fits with the gritty world of this film and anything else wouldn't feel in line with it. This film is beautiful as it is harsh.
Regarding the Extended Edition, seen at the Astor Theatre: Scratchy, almost surrealist, inserts add little to the mix, but Leone's salvo at capitalist America, and the unvarnished amorality of the gangsters within it, still unsettles.
Unfortunately, this American classic did not live up to my expectations. Firstly, I watched the 4.5 hour-long "uncut" version where many plot holes ensued about halfway through, which was a given considering that the actual version is 8 hours long.
My favorite scenes occurred during the beginning of the movie—the shrill telephone ring that lasted for far too long but made it beautifully suspenseful, the cozy opium den with Asian actors that were portrayed realistically (at least to my knowledge; aka, not racist). I also preferred the child actors to their adult counterparts. The children were far more engaging and the casting (in terms of looking like the adult actors) was amazing! Probably my favorite thing in general about the…
Extended Director's Cut.
I finally got around to seeing this and wow, this was one of the most captivating movies I've ever seen. Incredible acting, fantastic dialogue, a beautiful score. This movie just impacted me hard. I loved every second of it.
Sergio Leone's Once Upon a Time in America is a cinematic classic. It has all the values an epic needs and therefore is one. It's rich in cinematography, acting, production and most important of all story. The way this gruesome story is told is astonishing! my thanks goes to everyone affiliated with this film!
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…