Sunday 22 July 2007

Once Upon a Time in America (1984) - ickleReview (TV)

Sergio Leone epic gangster movie. These crooks are from the Jewish quarter of Brooklyn. Robert De Niro and James Woods star as two friends who build an organized crime empire. Told largely in flashback, De Niro's character "Noodles" returns in old age to settle old scores. A chance to reminisce.

As with Leone's Spaghetti Westerns, it ain't so much in the tale as in the telling. There is very little dialogue in the opening 20 minutes; meticulous set-ups and a symphony of sound effects. The dubbing is noticeable.

Nugget: a long film (229 minutes) that has its rewards but demands close attention. I remember seeing it in Germany as a kid in the late 80s when it was shown on TV in two parts on consecutive nights, like a mini-series.

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