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1  Films of Sergio Leone / Once Upon A Time In America / Re: Dream Theory IMDB on: July 17, 2012, 01:35:18 PM
Chris-

I have not read Call Me Duke.  Does it have any of the same characters? 

It does not seem to be available at any reasonable cost.


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2  Films of Sergio Leone / Once Upon A Time In America / Re: Dream Theory IMDB on: July 17, 2012, 11:06:56 AM
What I find most interesting about questions relating to whether it was all a dream are the various accounts of what Leone said at various times on the topic.  I have seen no account where he just says "I decided to add to the book a dream sequence of what happened after Noodles left the City" or something like that.  Rather, most quotes of his seemed to be more of the "maybe, maybe not" variety.

It is amazing to me that Leone decided to add the 1968 piece to the movie, dream or not.  That is a brilliant storyteller, for sure.  It makes the movie so much better.  I wonder if Grey/Goldberg ever though of writing a sequel, as the end of The Hoods seems to invite.

There are so many aspects of this film that are extraordinary (we all appear to know them), that I kind of like that on top of it all, we don't really, really, know why Noodles is smiling at the end of the film (probably a good topic all of its own).

Btw, I am still searching for a copy of the short version (The Ladd Company did not respond to my inquiry) and can't wait to see the extended version.  I suspect that my fascination with this film will cover just as long a period of time as Leone's.
3  Films of Sergio Leone / Once Upon A Time In America / Re: Finding The "First Version" on: June 18, 2012, 04:08:35 PM
Thanks for the many responses to my inquiry.  Unfortunately, no one seems to be able to point me to a source for the 139 minute version, and most seem happy about it!

I am undeterred in my pursuit to find a copy of the Ladd Company version, however.  I am anxious to see the deletions and differences to the better/Leone version.  I wonder, for instance, if the editor of the shortened version was attempting to track The Hoods more closely than Leone wound up doing.  For those that have seen the Ladd version, do you recall if it was released on VHS or DVD, or both?  Looking at Amazon, E-Bay, and Albiris, there does not appear to be any copies of the Ladd version available.  Also, many of the listings for sale omit the length of the version, which for those of us focused on this issue, makes those listings useless.

On a totally unrelated note, by coincidence, my daughter lives on Washington Street in Brooklyn, NY, and looks at the iconic picture of the Manhattan Bridge from the OUATIA VHS/DVD cover everyday.  People frequently stand in the middle of the street with their cameras taking shots of the amazing view.

Thanks again.


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4  Films of Sergio Leone / Once Upon A Time In America / Finding The "First Version" on: June 15, 2012, 12:31:43 PM
I am one of what I assume is a large group of people who have never seen the first version of this film shown in America, the shorter version cut to be purely chronological and usually blamed on The Ladd Company.  Do any of my fellow OUATIA fanatics know where I could buy, rent, or borrow a copy of that version, either by streaming it or on a DVD?

Thanks very much. 


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(Btw, I can't wait to see the latest iteration and I love this Board!)


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