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Films of Sergio Leone => Once Upon A Time In America => Topic started by: Poggle on May 02, 2005, 10:08:40 PM

Title: What was the political talk about?
Post by: Poggle on May 02, 2005, 10:08:40 PM
Sometimes I get confused with a lot of politics in movies and with OUATIA I don't think I understand anything at all concerning that Irish fellow and that "Capitalists vs. Socialists" theme.

Starting with Noodles watching the news report, what's the whole political story in the movie?
Title: Re: What was the political talk about?
Post by: DJASh on May 11, 2005, 03:12:53 PM
Jimmy Cleanhands the Union boss is getting hassled by Salvi and Co....Noodles'gang come to his aid ( the petrol pump scene)...thus buying his loyalty to them. He hires them as muscle during a strike..after prohibition they go into business together in the trucking industry.

The point being made is that many people who made it big in politics in the US post-war had roots in organised crime ...helping them get to where they got.
Title: Re: What was the political talk about?
Post by: Poggle on May 24, 2005, 03:48:03 PM
Well I'm talking specifically, since I'm not familiar with a lot of the politics of that time, what those people wanted from Jimmy that they tried to kill him, and that whole situation with Aiello and the talk about the factory workers, etc.
Title: Re: What was the political talk about?
Post by: shorty larsen on May 27, 2005, 02:14:15 PM
I think Leone's intention is also to show that all the american political system is corrupted if some secretary's origins are mafia ones. It is indeed a critic of the american dream. In order to become powerful and respectable you have to doublecross your best friends in life, that is the price to reach the american dream....
Title: Re: What was the political talk about?
Post by: Walton on June 04, 2005, 03:15:53 AM
When they talk about the end of prohibition and starting up a whole trucking industry, I've always felt that was a reference to the teamsters and how they may have begun. Is Jimmy the union guy named Jimmy as a bit of a reference to Jimmy Hoffa?