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Does anyone know anything about the strange moment where De Niro is being stalked by a frisbee, then the film cuts to him getting out of prison? I remember in Richard Schickel's DVD commentary he mentions that there may be footage cut here.

Not really sure of the reason the times are all different, but it wouldn't have anything to do with NTSC and PAL. Although you miss out on around 5 frames a second with PAL, the runtimes are still the same. Otherwise when you watched anything in PAL it would be noticeably slower.

Once Upon A Time In America / Re: De Niro Last Smile
« on: July 18, 2005, 07:31:35 AM »
Easy, get it on DVD, watch it on your computer and make a screen capture.

Once Upon A Time In America / Re: I know why it's all just a dream
« on: July 18, 2005, 07:28:44 AM »
Leone never said definitively whether it was a dream or not, so it's pretty much up to the viewer. Personally I like to think that the sixties are reality, since this is where the emotional climax of the film takes place here, and putting the film in flashback sets the nostalgic, mournful tone of the film. Saying that its all a dream taking place in the opium den ruins the theme. So why does he smile at the end? Personally I think he's just thinking to himself something like "Gee, life sure is funny sometimes", which is a way we all feel sometimes, even when life isn't going so well, and it probably helps that he's off his face on opium.

Anyway there are no right answers really, the film is so multi-layered it can mean anything you want, which is why it's so great.

General Discussion / Re:Film Noir elements in 'Once upon a time in America'
« on: November 21, 2004, 10:51:02 PM »
I haven't seen many noir films, but I would definately classify this as noir due to the films pessimistic attitude. The films "hero" kills, rapes and generally acts like a bad person alot of the time, despite having our sympathy and the film ends with the discovery of a betrayal by the James Woods charachter.
The only noir element I would say the film lacks the femme fatale character, as the men in the film manage to make sure they live in emotional pain pretty easily by themselves.

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