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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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 were the Academy thinking?). That ballerina, can't believe how lovely she is, how perfect is Noodles in love...Jennifer Connelly definitely must be SO PROUD of her first appearance on screen, a perfect piece of History of 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 in the title, but this is a distinctly 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. 4 stars.
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.
If there is one valuable skill Leone proved to have during his entire career, is the masterful handling of material this dense and present it with all its narrative nuances while never being tedious or something even remote to it, and despite the everlasting problems of poor female characterizations and stilted dialogue still lingering here, the result is remarkable and endlessly compelling.
As sprawling and gorgeous an epic as there has ever been, but permeated with an intimacy and nostalgia such narratives are seldom afforded. It's unfortunate, however, that Leone's proud masculinity occasionally detours into nauseating misogyny.
Just a teeny-tiny bit too rapey. Leone was bit disrespectful of DeNiro as well. He said that DeNiro was a great actor, but not a star. Like Clint Eastwood. Great roles for the men, and surprisingly not so much for the women.