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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.
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…
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…
Having watched the second half of the film, I think I can confidently review it in its entirety. Here goes.
Once Upon A Time... is not a perfect movie. It has some unnecessary scenes, some unnecessary characters, and some fairly corny performances from its child stars. At the same time, though, it does perfectly what it sets out to do. It plunges the audience into the life of its central character, Noodles, and does not flinch from his depravity or sadistic nature. At the same time, though, it challenges whether we can truly condemn him. The startling moments of humanity he is granted, and indeed that everyone in the film is granted, blur the line between black and white, good…
Full disclosure: this is only part one of my review, essentially my initial impressions after watching the first half of this film. I read somewhere that Leone originally intended for this to be two three-hour films, which I find astounding because I already think that every shot of this movie, every detail, every lingering moment of a face or a tear or a kiss, is the perfect length. Sergio Leone is doing more than telling a story: he is creating a world. He is documenting a life. And for those who think that this is too long for a movie, I would argue that this is not a typical movie. I know that I haven't yet finished it, but I…
Leone's last movie does not have the magic that most of his other famous features have. Those movies that lasted 2 hours, 3 hours or so, and never felt boring or heavy on your shoulders. This time around, the movie crawls itself during 3 periods of time and through almost four hours. The division of time periods does no good to the movie and just underline how long the movie is. Although, to the directors credit, he still knows how to change from space to space and how to jump from time to time in the smoother and most impressive way
La mejor película de la hisroria.
kind of overrated
Epic gorgeous dream.
I wish people had the courage to make more films like this.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
유태인 악동들 (이탈리안이 아니다)의 갱모임을 어린 시절부터 추적해가며 소위 우정, 사랑, 배신을 그린 영화 - 통속적이라고? 아니.
4시간에 걸쳐 풀어 놓는 그들의 이야기는 정말 버릴 것 하나 없이 꽉 차있다.
엔리오 모리꼬네의 음악까지 더해 주니, 그야말로 금상 첨화.
내부 고발자에 의한 친구들의 죽음,
그리고 도망자 생활 -
하나는 경찰과 과거의 기억으로부터
또 하나는 자기를 아는 모든 사람으로부터 (한 친구 포함)
이 둘 모두 친구들의 죽음과 사라진 돈에 관련되 있다.
누가 더 심한 죄의식에 시달렸을까?
친구들의 죽음을 뒤로하고 돈과 친구의 여자를 가로챈 이?
아니면 돈을 목적으로 친구들을 경찰에 넘겨 죽음으로까지 몰고 간 Niro?
과연 니로는 홀연히 다시 나타난 돈을 보고 웃었을까?
4시간동안 영화를 보며 다 알았다고 생각한 한 사람의 실체를 엔딩 크레딧에서 그야말로 산산이 부수는 영화.
when people talk about pacing in a movie I think about this movie..
Yes, might be slow for some.. I do agree, this is not for everyone.. This is like a great book sit back, relax and enjoy the whole movie ... for the generation now that love bang pow bam and all action not for you... want a great story to enfold in front of your eyes with a great cast? this is for you..
Having now watched the extended director's cut, I think I have seen all cuts of this movie, including catching it in the theater when I was 12, and it just keeps getting better.
Though the majority of added material is obvious because of image quality, in terms of narrative, nothing stands out as extraneous. I am sure we have all watched deleted scenes and seen why a particular segment got dropped, but here, every addition just enhances the whole.
Biggest revelation, though? Peggy's mom is also George Costanza's mom!
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…