After growing up in the Jewish ghetto of New York City and rising up to become a powerful player in Prohibition-era organized crime, an aging gangster returns to Brooklyn to revisit his past in director Sergio Leone’s epic final film.
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At first, I thought this movie is like other gangster movies. I guess I was wrong about that. ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA is a solid gangster movie. It's a different kind. It tells about a group of Jewish gangster. Also, it has a non-linear storytelling. It kinda reminds me of THE GODFATHER: PART II. Somehow, this movie gave me a new perspective of American dream. One of the great movie from director Sergio Leone...
Rewatched and RE-LOVED this INFINITE Masterpiece. The best Leone. This is a good year because at the end Ennio Morricone got his Oscar after SIX nominations (What the fuck was the Academy thinking?). That ballerina, can't believe how lovely she is, how perfect is Noodles in love...Jennifer Connelly must be SO PROUD of her first appearance on screen, a perfect piece of History of Film.
If only Leone had survived another twenty years, who knows what he could have done with the gangster genre? The longest and most epic of Leone's filmography, this crime tale transports the storyline to the East Coast and chronicles nearly five decades of friendship, love, loss, and bloodshed. No character here is inherently good and actions provide dire consequences in the future. Leone's best film.
Beautiful, beautiful portrayal of Leone's childhood dreams and his broken adulthood perception of America. This is so much more than a story of children im ghettos and corruption; it is the story of Leone's move from childhood to adulthood, from Italian westerns and his home to America.
Sergio Leone's skills are style and myth-making—he's not someone I trust for historical realism, so there's no point in comparing this to Coppola when Bertolucci and Wertmuller are available. "America" may be a key theme and a word in the title, but stylistically, this is an Italian dreamlike film that plays with time and memory with an aching sense of regret. If only its treatment of women weren't so ugly.
At 229 minutes long, I honestly could have kept going for couple more hours this movie was that good. The cinematography fucking blew me away and the score was among Morricone's best (he's pretty much a god). The acting was perfect, especially Wood, and obviously DeNiro. In the end this film made me feel sad. The fall these character's went through was heartbreaking but beautiful. My 2nd favorite Leone film.