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Films of Sergio Leone => Once Upon A Time In America => Topic started by: gmi3804 on June 17, 2003, 11:34:43 AM

Title: Filming Locations
Post by: gmi3804 on June 17, 2003, 11:34:43 AM
I've heard that many different locations were used for the OUATIA shoot.  But does anyone know if the Lower East Side scenes were actually shot on the LES?  Is Fat Moe's just a set?
Title: Re:Filming Locations
Post by: Jon on June 19, 2003, 10:58:02 AM
According to Christopher Frayling's biography,the Lower East Side scenes were shot partially in a real street there,and partially in Rome.Presumably all the interiors were sets,but many of the outdoor scenes were on location.
Title: Re:Filming Locations
Post by: gmi3804 on June 19, 2003, 11:01:21 AM
Some of the outdoor scenes which are more deserted look like they could be Rome.  The really crowded scenes look like the LES, though having that many extras in the US-filmed scenes seems unlikely.
Title: Re:Filming Locations
Post by: Simon on June 19, 2003, 12:57:17 PM
I have always thought that the exterior to Fat Moe's was an actual bar in Montreal but the interior was a set in Rome.
Check out Aaronson's Informations about OUATIA further down on this very page.
Title: Re:Filming Locations
Post by: Jon Hertzberg on June 20, 2003, 07:45:21 PM
The 1923 scenes that were shot in NY are in the Williamsburg and Dumbo sections of Brooklyn.  One can distinguish the authentic NY location shots because they contain glimpses of the iconic and recognizable Williamsburg and Manhattan Bridges.  

The drunk is rolled on a street in Williamsburg (one site claims South 8th Street) and the Williamsburg Bridge and old Williamsburgh Savings Bank are present in several shots in this sequence.

The familiar poster art was shot in Dumbo (Down Underneath the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) in front of the Manhattan Bridge.  Images just like poster artwork are a postcard favorite in the area.  Atleast some of the scene containing Bugsy's death were shot here as well--we know this because of the many glimpses we see of the Manhattan Bridge.


Take a look at this link:
http://www.movie-locations.com/movies/o/onceamerica.html

-Jon
Title: Re:Filming Locations
Post by: Ramon on June 22, 2003, 02:45:16 AM
Jon,

was the poster art shot with the Manhattan bridge in the background taken from the Manhattan or Brooklyn sides of the bridge?

(I must visit New York one day)

Thanks
Ray


Title: Re:Filming Locations
Post by: cigar joe on June 22, 2003, 04:19:57 AM
Brooklyn on Water Street.