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Question: Which work by De Niro is better?
Vito Corleone   -5 (31.3%)
David 'Noodles' Aaronson   -11 (68.8%)
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« on: August 19, 2007, 06:34:53 PM »

I think Robert De Niro's work in both films is brilliant. I think we all agree with that statement. Through the years, De Niro's work in "The Godfather Part II" has gotten a lot more credit and is talked about much more than his work in OUATIA. The big reason here is that he won an Oscar for playing the young Vito Corleone.

We often here everyone talking about his performances in Raging Bull, Taxi Driver, Goodfellas, and Heat being in my opinion his last great performance, but people seem to forget that he was also brilliant as 'Noodles' in OUATIA, a performance I thought was Oscar worthy.

I wanted to start this thread/poll to show my appreciation for his work in OUATIA and compare it to his other great mafioso related performance in that of "The Godfather Part II."

That being said, I also have to make a decision which part I think is better. I consider OUATIA to be one of the greatest achievements in Film History. Robert De Niro is one of many reason's why. De Niro is great here but if I had to choose I'd have to give the slight edge to his performance as Don Corleone. The reason why is because he had to learn a Sicilian Dialect that's not easy to learn and he perfected it.

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« Reply #1 on: August 19, 2007, 08:02:40 PM »

Noodles is the far deeper character while Vito is the far better performance. I voted Noodles.

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« Reply #2 on: August 19, 2007, 08:26:52 PM »

Noodles is the far deeper character while Vito is the far better performance. I voted Noodles.

Great point rrpower. That makes a lot of sense.

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« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2007, 06:03:28 AM »

I think his performance in OUATIA is very good, but I'd put "Taxi Driver" way ahead of it. I was really impressed by his performance in "Godfather II", having to learn a foreign language and giving a dead-on characterization of Marlon Brando's character from the first film. So I'll give the edge to that one.

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« Reply #4 on: August 20, 2007, 08:39:37 AM »

I love this. We're neck and neck at the moment! You're making some great points about each character guy's. Keep 'em coming.

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« Reply #5 on: September 06, 2007, 07:35:56 AM »

I think that he played both caracters masterfully but if I must choose, I would give a slightest edge to Noodles.

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« Reply #6 on: September 06, 2007, 09:34:36 AM »

I think that he played both caracters masterfully but if I must choose, I would give a slightest edge to Noodles.

Really Bill. That shocks me. It's actually shocking me that Noodles is winning right now.

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« Reply #7 on: September 08, 2007, 12:47:18 PM »

Great in both movies. But I prefer OUATIA, so I'll go for Noodles, for the same reason than rpower.

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« Reply #8 on: September 08, 2007, 02:59:26 PM »

Really Bill. That shocks me. It's actually shocking me that Noodles is winning right now.

Why is that shocking? Cos you like Vito's character better, or cos you liked Godfather II better?


Not only is Noodles a better charcter than Vito, he also stars in the better film of the two (in my opinion).

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« Reply #9 on: September 08, 2007, 03:49:22 PM »

Why is that shocking? Cos you like Vito's character better, or cos you liked Godfather II better?


Not only is Noodles a better charcter than Vito, he also stars in the better film of the two (in my opinion).

It's shocking because De Niro had to go through so much more to prepare for the young Vito Corleone. I've read what he had to go through and how he had to learn that hard Sicilian dialect. That's not an easy thing to do. He not only had to learn it, but he has to prefect it. Also, he had to model his character after that of Brando. The manerisms as such. I'm not saying the character of Noodles wasn't hard to prepare for, it was, but not to the extent of Vito Corleone.

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« Reply #10 on: September 08, 2007, 04:11:49 PM »

It's shocking because De Niro had to go through so much more to prepare for the young Vito Corleone. I've read what he had to go through and how he had to learn that hard Sicilian dialect. That's not an easy thing to do. He not only had to learn it, but he has to prefect it. Also, he had to model his character after that of Brando. The manerisms as such. I'm not saying the character of Noodles wasn't hard to prepare for, it was, but not to the extent of Vito Corleone.

But that's to be expected.. De Niro had to model himself after a character that existed, and had to act like a younger version of him.

In OUATIA, it was the opposite.  So, of course The Godfather prep was more difficult.  But the product, to me, is that OUAIA portrayed a better character.

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« Reply #11 on: September 08, 2007, 04:45:12 PM »

OUATIA because its better

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« Reply #12 on: September 08, 2007, 06:27:49 PM »

Both are truly great performances. In fact, they're both so good, I couldn't decide, so I used "Eni Meni Miny Mo". For those who haven't heard of it, it is an intense strategy game with deep roots in the seventeen hundreds. Half a guessing game, half an extreme intrepretation game. In fact it is the influence for even more barbaric games, such as Russian Roulette, and others of even more deadly proportion. It must be played between two people. The other basic rules are very hard to explain, but are indeed fascinating. I analyzed both characters to their cores, and began the game. As I said before, it is hard to explain, but in the end David "Noodles" Aaronson won.

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« Reply #13 on: September 08, 2007, 11:36:25 PM »

Both are truly great performances. In fact, they're both so good, I couldn't decide, so I used "Eni Meni Miny Mo". For those who haven't heard of it, it is an intense strategy game with deep roots in the seventeen hundreds. Half a guessing game, half an extreme intrepretation game. In fact it is the influence for even more barbaric games, such as Russian Roulette, and others of even more deadly proportion. It must be played between two people. The other basic rules are very hard to explain, but are indeed fascinating. I analyzed both characters to their cores, and began the game. As I said before, it is hard to explain, but in the end David "Noodles" Aaronson won.

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« Reply #14 on: September 08, 2007, 11:42:01 PM »

As much as I think OUATIA is GENIUS, and of course a masterpiece, I will never say it's better than The Godfather Part II. That film is just as GENIUS as OUATIA.


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