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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…
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.
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…
4 hours of violence and the greatest composition ever created by man. It's worth it
A visually stunning, emotionally honest mob movie that proves to be Leone's masterpiece. I don't know what exactly is a dream or a memory in the narrative, but the message remains no matter.
superb gangster movie................................
Sergio Leone crafts a gangster flick of epic scale, outlining the life of a single man as a beautiful circle, through every love, crime, loss, and profit.
A masterpiece, simple as.
Es perfecta, hermosa en todos los sentidos. Gracias.
One word: overrated. Don't get me wrong - a stellar set of performances and an old school idea. I get it. Thing is, you. can't squeeze an orange for four hours and still manage to get the juice out of it. It's a nostalgic vision of a lost era, a lost generation and forgotten habits - you just wish somebody else had done it; Scorsese, there you go. Leone's slow, creamy, fat romantisized story of Jewish gangs is what tears this whole thing down.
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