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Once Upon a Time in America
Crime, passion and lust for power - Sergio Leone's explosive saga of gangland America.
A former Prohibition-era Jewish gangster returns to the Lower East Side of Manhattan over thirty years later, where he once again must confront the ghosts and regrets of his old life.
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.
Despite the misleading title, Once Upon A Time in America’s emotional register is more comparable to the work of Italian filmmakers like Giuseppe Tornatore or Luchino Visconti than it is to the work of Coppola or Scorsese. It is made by…
I'm fighting with the star rating system since I have no idea how to rate this, but I think it's what it deserves right now. It's very compelling, masterfully shot and its epic story suits well the runtime - even the child actors do a fairly nice job, but a lot of things bugged me; the worst offender being the objectification of women. Leone's westerns didn't have much of this problem: I remember Jill from Once Upon a Time in the West as a strong woman who used sex as a means to get what she wanted. Here we haven't got any strong feminine characters, and except for one thing Carol does that's major to the plot, they don't do much, except... being basically sex toys. Not cool, Sergio. Also it does bear a striking resemblance to The Godfather, but really I wouldn't blame anyone of drawing inspiration from one of the greatest movies of all time.
This is the most best film of the Sergio Leone. In the film showing history and birth Jewish mafia in the U.S.A. In the fil very great showing history, costumes and epoch. In this film showing true great friendship. Plot very great and the best, screenplay very great. Robert De Niro is brilliant.
*This review refers to the 220min version*
A masterpiece by Sergio Leone?
I would certainly not have thought people meant this movie with that title.
And i still do not think so.
Once upon a time in America follows several young Jewish "Gangsters" through their lives.
Especially two of them are shown as both competing and sticking together.
Now this movie features quite extraordinary cuts and sequences, a non-linear but quite understandable story and really good acting.
So why no masterpiece?
Because a masterpiece does not just consist of exquisite parts and materials. It also fits together perfectly.
This one does not.
I am not complaining about the length - its monumental telling and the time every scene gets is…
love this movie
I wanted to love this movie. I really did. But ... agh ... it's just so hard to watch in so many ways. It's long. It's slow. There are no characters to latch onto in this movie for any reason. No reason to empathize with them, no reason to be interested in them, no reason to want to watch them as they kill and rape their way through various decades. I understand that not every character in every movie needs to be likable, but I should at least want to watch them. A movie shouldn't feel like such a chore to sit through.
I can't entirely collect my thoughts on it right now, since my mind is in like five…
Epic in both its scale, running time, and themes, Once Upon a Time in America is a beautiful story that remains consistently entertaining throughout its full four hours. Leone's classical direction style combined with Morricone's phenomenal score create a perfect combination, making a 1984 film feel more alike cinema of several decades prior. Unfortunately, even after all four hours I still feel as if there was more to say, as if more backtracking would have clarified relationships between minor characters that seemed somewhat forgotten.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
It's hard to tell, sometimes, when too much is really too much. I find it hard to decide whether or not this film is too much, whether it's truly brilliant and my first, flawed viewing just failed to capture that, or whether it's a film that went overboard with its complexity and scope and drama. Some parts of this movie are really fantastic, and while I would probably say I liked it and didn't find the massive four hour runtime too taxing, I'm not sure if I can say that it's altogether good. As I enjoyable as I find the childhood scenes to be, the child actors are pretty bad on the whole. The turn towards the end with Max's…
Fin skildring av NY. Väldigt lång så en hel del longörer främst uppväxt historien där även skådespeleriet är väldigt svajigt. Tar sig ordentligt efter detta både tempo och skådespeleri. De Niros sminkning som gammal är väldigt bra. Härligt soundtrack.
Masterpiece, and the soundtrack is fascinating, the best
I really wanted to love this film. I can admire its message and understand lots probably did love this film - unfortunately I was bored out of my mind. Which really really sucks as I LOVE Gangster films (Godfather, Goodfellas, film noirs, Scarface, The Untouchables) but this film never connected with me or anything. Some parts were really enjoyable but the film as a whole I didn't like. Also I would say this is one of DeNiro's weak performances, and where the hell was Pesci for the whole 4 hours of the film?
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