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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'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.
Two massive warehouses frame the Brooklyn bridge as five kids stroll across the image. Pure beauty.
how much I like it (50): 39
how good it is (50): 42
overall (100): 81
La puta de los pasteles. Ése sí es un cuento que merece la pena ser contado.
A review in haiku:
ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA
Leone's last film:
An unfocused 'Godfather.'
A restless beauty.
More relatable than his westerns which is why it tops my Leone list.
An absurdly complex movie in the best ways.
A terrific crime epic directed by Sergio Leone.
It was very hard to watch this movie due to the very uncomforting rape scenes. I had purchased the DVD and watched it the following Saturday. I then got rid of the DVD fairly quickly. The movie was good, but the rape scenes were too much for me at the time.
I read the other day that Leone wished he had directed The Godfather. This made me glad he didn't.
Man, oh man, what a sublime film.
There have been a few times when I've felt a gut feeling that a film is truly going to be a masterpiece, just in the tone, assured direction and production values alone that leave me breathless and enchanted. 2001: A Space Odyssey. Lawrence of Arabia. The parts I've seen of Gone With the Wind (still need to finish it, been so long). And now Once Upon a Time in America.
An absolute epic in the purest sense - the scope of several decades given a perfect amount of time to breath and feel so wholesome, exuberant and meticulous life and respect given to its period details and the conditions of the time to…
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