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This is the most complex movie I've ever seen.......I've seen it 8 times,3 times in the
In the edited short version,it's difficult to watch due to piss-poor editing.
The long version is a masterpiece....every scene demands your attention....not so much the dialogue of the characters,but their eyes and body language.
Brutal,elegant and enduringly sad.....this is
Ingmar Bergman meets Fellini meets Roger Corman.....if that makes any sense.
Watch how James Woods and Deniro never quite look anyone in the eye,always from the side,a downward glance.....as if they are never comfortable within their own persona.
Masterfull......Deniro's best performance.
Why is he smiling?
I think in his opium-induced haze,he finally has fleeting memories of happiness and contentment.
Were these memories real?
In that last moment,they were.
Deniro morphed Noodles into Matt Damon's character in "The Good Shepherd".......another masterpiece of acting.....still,enigmatic and hidden.....waiting for you to unravel.
the amazing thing about this movie to me is that the childhood years are just as riveting and well acted as the segments when they are older. Jennifer Connolly and the 2 kids that play the young Noodles and Max are incredible.
And James Woods was never better. Until this movie I didnt realize what a great actor he was.
I always thought he was smiling because he was free of Max, but that review said it best, I dont think Leone wanted it to be clear so that people like us could think about it forever.
Once Upon a Time in America is a masterpiece. It's moody, beautiful filmed, has great character studies, and has an intelligent story as well. Along, similar lines, I'm watching from Netflix part of an award winning Italian minisseries called the Best of Youth, which is about a family from the 1960s to 2000. The main characters are two brothers, one goes left, the other goes right. So far, it's a very well done and interesting story that really captures the spirit of the times.