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Once Upon A Time In America / Deborah - all a dream?
« on: August 12, 2003, 08:19:07 PM »
It struck me last night - when Noodles meets Deborah as an adult, here she is in Fat Moe's place.  That struck me as a little out of character.  I would imagine that she would have 'moved on' from all the shady dealings of her young buddies and they would have probably shielded her from it (especially Moe, although Moe ain't known for being too clever).  Also, after that initial encounter we don't see her there again.  (Admittedly she could have been talked into coming just for Noodles sake, but bare with me).  

Every time we see her as an adult she is beautiful and out of reach (something that would have irked the younger Noodles) and even when the kiss in the back of the car he still can't have her.  The made up 'older' (haha) Deborah is there to explain all that happened (and for the final act of betrayal).

Is it possible that if Noodles is dreaming the coming home elder section, then he could be dreaming meeting Deborah again as an adult, his actual memories being unreliable (and egged on by fantasy / unfulfilled wishes / guilt etc)?

Once Upon A Time In The West / Cheyenne the half-breed
« on: August 01, 2003, 02:25:43 PM »
My VHS copy of West (at least for the time being) has a comment at the back that Cheyenne was a half-breed.  That did not strike me in the film.  What was he?  Half-what?  Is there any evidence in his behaviour or in the dialogue that I should look out for?

(As far as dialogue is concerned - can't wait for the DVD.  I love watching film with subtitles and I recommend this practice at least once.  You will be surprised what you pick up that you will have previously missed).

Once Upon A Time In The West / Morton and the water picture
« on: August 01, 2003, 02:21:33 PM »
Just watching West again, one thing reference not so clear to me is the extreme close-up of Morton after the opening of the auction.  He is looking at a portrait of the sea (I think with the sound effects of waves crashing).

What is the significance, other than his respect for water and its relevance to the steam engine.  ???

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