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Sorry NL only just saw your posts re Paris
It would have interesting to find out the latest with OUATIA Directors Cut
Re the previous restoration work why was the film pulled?
Did the Leone estate actually realise that the results of the restoration work would be so poor?
Why were the other scenes missing?
Is further restoration work happening?
Is their legal problems with further restoration & the extra scenes?
Who actually owns the movie?  Is it A Michan, WBs or the Leone Estate?

Once Upon A Time In America / Re: RSI Italian TV Interview Leone 1984
« on: July 10, 2018, 03:13:53 PM »
It was also shown at the NY film festival uncut) late 84 after pressure from American critics that had seen the full version earlier that year at Cannes - but these were one off type screenings without any marketing (Ladd Co had folded) or any end of year Oscar push
I can imagine it would have been Siskel & Ebert that probably pushed for the Chicago screenings Dave - they had both seen it at Cannes
with (one of) them naming it their favourite movie of the year.

Once Upon A Time In America / Re: RSI Italian TV Interview Leone 1984
« on: July 10, 2018, 06:38:21 AM »
I do feel sorry for Leone - he was desperate (10 years) to get the movie filmed & released - Milchan succeeded where others failed because he brought De Niro from The King Of Comedy as part of the package.  But at the end of the day he was contracted to deliver a movies 165mins in length - so he should have been thankful that at least he got his longer version released outside of the US💡
Yes he sued Milchan for the cut US version but he lost.

Once Upon A Time In America / Re: RSI Italian TV Interview Leone 1984
« on: July 10, 2018, 06:11:09 AM »
Ha Ha 😁 thanks for translating the Simi/Leone conversation Leonardo 👍
In retrospect there were a lot of mistakes made relating to the release of the movie in the US
In Diego Gabbuti’s book C’era Una Volta In America it describes Leone’s telephone conversations with Alan Ladd Jnr. as brash & bordering on the disrespectful.  Leone should have travelled to LA, met with Ladd and fought for his film.  Arnon Milchan admitted that he wasn’t experienced enough & that he should have released the film (uncut) later in the year (84) at a few selected cinemas in key US cities - to create buzz & build up word of mouth - the reviews from the US critics at Cannes earlier that year had already been amazing.  Leone as director should also have been present at the US test screenings - Milchan/Ladd Co conducted the test screenings (evening) and omitted to tell the test audience that the film was a 3+hour movie until they were in the cinema!  De Niro as the star could probably have done more  he was present at the 2 (cast) test screenings the Ladd company screened in LA (cut & uncut versions) the uncut version was agreed to have been the best - so why did they release the cut version?  Ladd was nervous as Blade Runner & The Right Stuff had already flopped.

Once Upon A Time In America / Re: RSI Italian TV Interview Leone 1984
« on: July 09, 2018, 02:31:39 PM »
Thanks for posting! Very interesting, as I have never seen this interview before. For the first time I think we have the exact length of the movie, since Sergio talks about that from 15:04 to 17:16. In essence, he says that the full version of the movie is 4 hours and 30 minutes, but this very long version is meant just for the TVs which will be allowed to air it in about 3 years after the premiere in the theaters. He stresses that the length of the movie he wanted (in his words: "my official version and the version for the whole world") for the cinema is 3 hours and 40 minutes and that this is the only version he will recognize as his own work. He knows already during this interview (autumn 1984) that most probably the USA version would be chopped and changed and he very clearly states that any attempt to do so would mean that he will not want to be recognized as the author of this chopped movie.

Leonardo the cut version of OUATIA opened in the “Summer” of 1984 (1st June)
The dispute with the US distributor (Ladd Co) played out between March - June 84
Leone recut/removed scenes from his Euro version (270 -227/9 mins
In Feb 1983

Once Upon A Time In America / Re: RSI Italian TV Interview Leone 1984
« on: July 09, 2018, 01:41:47 PM »
I’m sure the full (Euro cut) version was shown on US TV (over two nights) around 85/86 but recut into chronological
order.  Around the same time The BBC turned  down the chance to show the film in the UK because of the length & violence - they had previously run into trouble with the Deer Hunter having to dub the swearing because of the watershed - Ch4 had the same problem with Raging Bull.  When SKY Movies (now Sky Cinema) launched  in the UK in 1989 OUATIA (uncut) was never off the air - showing multiple times on a weekly basis for at least a year - it was where a lot of people in the UK discovered this film.

Once Upon A Time In America / Re: RSI Italian TV Interview Leone 1984
« on: July 09, 2018, 02:26:24 AM »
Sorry it would have helped if I had posted the link 🤣
My apologies
Here you go👍

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Once Upon A Time In America / Re: RSI Italian TV Interview Leone 1984
« on: July 08, 2018, 02:40:29 AM »
On his working relationship with designer Simi, Leone was to recall, the decors are built with scrupulous attention to detail and authenticity, some taken from this place, some from that. I use many, many photographs of the period. I do very careful research which even amazes my American friends, such as Spielberg & Scorsese. When they came to Rome, they were astonished by the number of photographs, by this complete visual documentation which starts out from the small detail to arrive at the total effect... all these interiors and scenes represent an incredible amount of work on our part, almost impossible to do again.

Regards the never filmed flight to Detroit scene - Screenwriter Stuart Kaminsky recalled as “probably the funniest scene (from the original script) involved the gang in the 1930’s on the flight - the gang members have smuggled gin onto the plane & proceed to have a party; the other passengers at first show their disapproval but conclude with joining in the merriment. On the page, the scene has a rousing, populist,Capraesque quality.

Once Upon A Time In America / RSI Italian TV Interview Leone 1984
« on: July 08, 2018, 02:23:29 AM »
Video includes Leone & Production Designer Carlo Simi in Pre - Production on OUATIA circa 81/82 - the period black & white photographs being discussed include a Howard Hughes passenger plane relating to the never filmed gangs flight to Detroit (diamond robbery) and a elevated orchestra  Deborah’s 1930’s Busby Berkeley routine (cut scene) 👍

Once Upon A Time In America / Re: Arnon Milchan: Super Hollywood Producer
« on: February 14, 2018, 10:41:24 AM »

Really surprising news - was following the story and the consensus seemed to be that  it was a bit of a fishing expedition
and would practically be impossible to prove they were bribes (not gifts) mmmm🤔

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